2005

February

The CGU Building officially opened in Grey Street.

April

Former Premier, The Hon. Peter Beattie announced a new interactive water play park would be built at South Bank.

The Ship Inn re-opened after extensive renovation works.

July

South Bank Corporation appointed one of Australia's leading urban designers Malcolm Snow as its new CEO.

August

South Bank restaurant, Ahmet's Turkish Restaurant, won Best Entertainment Restaurant at the Brisbane Restaurant and Caterer's Awards.

The Formal Gardens were redesigned using Australian native plants.

In a remarkable world first, the International Union of Forest Research Organisations held its World Congress in Brisbane. As part of the congress a traditional tree planting ceremony was held in August to mark the opening and involved an extremely old and rare Wollemi Pine. Dating back over 200 million years the Wollemi Pine is one of the world's oldest trees and was thought to be extinct until 1994 when it was discovered at an unnamed location on Sydney's outskirts. At this time, this was the only Wollemi Pine available for display in Brisbane.

September

Botanical signage was installed throughout the South Bank Parklands.

South Bank's reputation as a world-class precinct continued to receive international recognition. The International Downtown Association announced that South Bank Corporation won a 2005 Merit Award in the Public Space category. The International Downtown Association is an American based organisation that recognises and supports vital and liveable urban centres throughout the world.