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Despite steady growth, Brisbane's development was punctuated by infrastructure problems.
The State government under Joh Bjelke-Petersen began a major program of change and urban renewal, beginning with the central business district and inner suburbs.
He formed additional outstations and made several important journeys of exploration.
For the local government area, see City of Brisbane.During this era, Brisbane grew and modernised rapidly becoming a destination of interstate migration.Some of Brisbane's popular landmarks were lost, including the Bellevue Hotel in 1979 and Cloudland in 1982, demolished in controversial circumstances by the Deen Brothers demolition crew.These historic buildings, along with the Story Bridge which opened in 1940, are key landmarks that help define the architectural character of the city.During World War II, Brisbane became central to the Allied campaign when the AMP Building (now called Mac Arthur Central) was used as the South West Pacific headquarters for General Douglas Mac Arthur, chief of the Allied Pacific forces, until his headquarters were moved to Hollandia in August 1944.