Queenslanders will no longer need to ‘Pass Go’ on the streets of London to collect $200 with the announcement today that Brisbane is to be immortalised with its very own official MONOPOLY board.
Not only can Queenslanders look forward to playing the world’s best loved game on Brisbane’s iconic streets and landmarks, they can also have a say as to what hot properties will make it onto the first ever Brisbane MONOPOLY board. Before any dice are rolled the game’s makers will be consulting locals to ascertain which landmarks of Australia’s third largest city and home to over two million residents should be selected to trade places with the famous London locales.
At the iconic BRISBANE sign in South Bank, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk today launched the Brisbane MONOPOLY Facebook page and called for ideas about which local icons should be recognised in a local version of the popular game.
Cr Quirk said that with seven million visitors each year, Australia’s new World City had a reputation as a fantastic lifestyle city, which would be played out in the world’s favourite game.
“I’m nominating some of our destinations including The Storey Bridge, South Bank, Mt Coot-tha, the Shorncliffe Pier and City Hall, which are all iconic landmarks with strong connections to our community,” Cr Quirk said.
While not wanting to pre-empt which landmark might receive the most votes for the prized blue Mayfair position, the Lord Mayor also nominated South Bank as his tip for top spot.
“This is a chance for everyone to have their say on which of our Brisbane streets and landmarks should replace those famous London names like Fleet Street, Pall Mall and the Strand,” he said.
From today until 31 July, Brisbane MONOPOLY enthusiasts are invited to suggest Brisbane properties via the Brisbane MONOPOLY Facebook page. The most popular two places will then be given the prestigious dark blue Mayfair and Park Lane positions on the original London MONOPOLY board. There will also be lots of other twists and changes too, including Brisbane themed ‘Community Chest’ and ‘Chance’ playing cards.
Winning Moves, manufacturers of the official Brisbane version of MONOPOLY under license from Hasbro, says the game will be on retail shelves in time for Christmas.
Winning Moves Managing Director, Reid Herbert, said: “We are looking forward to receiving input from MONOPOLY fans far and wide so that we can ensure that Brisbane MONOPOLY is a true reflection of all that we love about Brisbane.” He added: “The spirit and shape of this customised edition will remain the same as with the traditional game but now you will be able to buy and own your favourite Brisbane landmarks with MONOPOLY money.”
MONOPOLY first hit the shelves in 1935 – since then it has been played by more than 1 billion people. Today it is played in 114 countries and enjoyed in over 47 different languages.
The new MONOPOLY: Brisbane Edition will be available late October 2016 from leading toy retailers across Australia.