On Christmas Day, Queensland’s first ever ‘monopoly’ board was unveiled at the State Government House in Townsville.
The Monopoly Board is designed to give Queenslanders an insight into how the Government’s budget works and how it might be used in the future.
The board was installed in the State House in Canberra and was designed by Australian architect Graham McLean.
“It’s the first Monopoly board in the country, so it’s pretty much a Monopoly with a little bit of a twist,” said Queensland’s Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
“We’re very excited to have this on the table, and to be able to showcase it to Queenslanders, we’re really excited.”
The board is about two metres in length and is made of 2cm (0.5in) acrylic panels and a 4cm (1in) thick layer of cement board.
“Monopoly boards were popular in Australia from the early 1900s and in Australia they’ve been a popular way of doing business in Queensland for more than 100 years,” Ms Palaswczuk said.
“In Queensland they’ve become a very important part of our economy, particularly in tourism, agriculture and construction.”
But we’re proud to have a state-wide initiative to introduce a Monopolist board for Queenslanders to look at and understand what we do, how we operate and what we want to achieve.
“Ms Palaszek said Queenslanders could look at the board and think about how their budget is spent.”
There’s a little light at the end of the tunnel that people can see in terms of how the Budget works and the impact it has,” she said.
She said it was a great opportunity for Queensland to showcase the state’s economic strengths, and for the Government to promote tourism.”
Queensland has the largest and most diverse economy in Australia, so we really need to get Queenslanders involved in the economic prosperity that Queensland has,” Ms McLean said.
The Government says Queenslanders can look at it in four areas: the economy, public services, transport and the environment.”
Our Budget has to reflect that, and we can’t just spend on the Government because that’s what the people who voted for us voted for,” Ms Palszczu said.