Council planning takes city closer to the River’s Edge

September 26, 2013 – 12:01AM

Amy Remeikis

State political reporter

A map of "selected potential projects" from the Draft River's Edge Strategy.

A map of “selected potential projects” from the Draft River’s Edge Strategy. Photo: Brisbane City Council

Brisbane’s zip line is one step closer to reality.

The proposed zip line, suggested to run between Kangaroo Point Cliffs and the City Botanic Gardens, is considered a medium term project under the Brisbane City Council’s River’s Edge Strategy – provided the private sector steps up and funds the proposal.

Thursday’s release of the strategy is an update of the draft plan released in June, taking into account public submissions and feedback gathered over the past 12 months.

Short term projects – which could be implemented in as little as two years – include riverside eating and drinking precincts, a network of non-motorised watercraft launches and short-term mooring sites, lighting along the riverside parks and paths and mobile food and drink vendors in public parks adjacent to the river.

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An expansion of the RiverWalk pedestrian and cycle network has also been identified, which could include the construction of additional pedestrian, cyclists and bus bridges in “high travel demand areas”.

Construction of the Howard Smith Wharves, Kingsford Smith Drive, Maritime Museum and Bulimba Riverside Park links would be led by the state government. The Northshore Hamilton, Commercial Road to Newstead Riverpark, Mowbray Park to Cairns Street at Kangaroo Point, Byron Street Bulimba and Bulimba Barracks links would “occur incrementally as part of any redevelopment”.

Construction of the New Farm RiverWalk is expected to be completed next year.

It is all part of the council’s plan to have the Brisbane River feature as the heart of the city, both recreationally and economically over the next decade.

“Throughout the development of the River Edge’s Strategy we’ve had overwhelming support from the community and businesses about our reputation as an active, liveable outdoor city,” Neighbourhood Planning chairman Amanda Cooper said.

“We are now beginning the investigations for potential implementation projects, with one of the first being the possible reuse of former ferry terminals.

“The new river access network project would allow the transformation of these disused facilities for purposes such as mooring kayaks and recreational vessels or for picking up and dropping off passengers for tourist boats and water taxis.”

The strategy has been divided into four themes; place, play, connect and enable. The identified projects “could be implemented by council, Queensland government, community organisations, businesses or the general public”.

The next step will be to look at the feasibility of the ideas; how much it would cost, which activities would suit which structure and how to incorporate new uses with the existing river transport network.

Brisbane Times

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