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NEWS The annual Pilsen

NEWS The annual Pilsen Fest in the Czech Republic SITTING ON OUR SCHOONERS QHA REVIEW | 6 The average Czech is drinking almost twice the amount of beer as the average Australian, but our per capita sales revenue is the highest in the world, according to data released by Statista in January. Czechs love their beer. Last year the Czech Republic easily topped annual global consumption statistics knocking back 137.38 litres per capita compared to 13th-ranked Australia who calmly sipped through 71.82 litres. Poland and Germany ranked a distant second and third quaffing 98.06 and 95.95 litres respectively. However, our relatively modest showing is offset by the generous amount we’re willing to pay. In a parallel study comparing beer sales revenue in US dollars, Australia reigned supreme as we spent $452.55 per capita in 2017, running clear of second placed Ireland who spent $347.59. Factor in Australia’s high tax excises on alcohol, currency fluctuations, the extent to which we’ve embraced the craft brewing phenomenon and a maturing tendency to sit on our schooners longer and you could draw a number of conclusions from these stats. Like perhaps, unlike our European cousins, Australian beer drinking habits have become a little more refined. Source:

NEWS BROADWAY HOTEL AWAITS ITS RETURN TO THE LIMELIGHT Broadway Hotel circa 1909 photo credit State Library of Queensland (photo above). Plans for a $260 million, 27-storey residential tower incorporating development of the derelict Broadway Hotel in Woolloongabba and lodged with the Brisbane City Council last year are yet to get approval. However, the council has recently authorised emergency work to be carried out to secure the site and make it safe. THE PROPOSED 276-APARTMENT “BROADWAY” DEVELOPMENT WILL RISE FROM A THREE-LEVEL COMMERCIAL PODIUM SHROUDING A RESTORED VERSION OF THE OLD HOTEL. The heritage listed property was severely damaged by fire in 2010. Save for a few squatters, it’s been vacant ever since and ravaged by tagging and vandalism. Built in 1889, the three-storey masonry structure is a major local landmark with its decorative façade, octagonal turret tower and Dutch gables. The proposed 276-apartment “Broadway” development will rise from a three-level commercial podium shrouding a restored version of the old hotel. The podium would include 7,000 square metres of retail and commercial space. Photo: QHA REVIEW | 7