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Lord Mayor names company to rebuild Riverwalk

26 April, 2013

Lord Mayor names company to rebuild Riverwalk

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced John Holland as the successful tender to undertake the Riverwalk reconstruction to reconnect New Farm to the CBD for cyclists, pedestrians and joggers.

Works will start next month to reconstruct the 850-metre long river connection that is being funded under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, with the Queensland Government providing 25 per cent of funding while the remainder was covered by the Commonwealth.

John Holland Queensland has previously built the Goodwill Bridge and Eleanor Schonell Bridge in Brisbane.

Cr Quirk said the overall project was now budgeted to come in at $72 million, less than the $75 million initially promised by the Federal and State Governments.

“I’m hopeful we can find further efficiencies during the construction to reduce that cost further and deliver a cheque back to the Australian and Queensland taxpayers,” he said.

“In its time before being washed downstream in the devastating 2011 floods, the original Riverwalk hosted more than 3,000 cyclists, pedestrians and runners on a daily basis, making it one of the most popular links within Brisbane.

“It was an iconic feature of the city, and the completion of these works will help bring it back bigger and better than ever.”

Cr Quirk said preliminary construction works would initially occur off-site and then move on-site in late May, with work expected to be completed in mid-2014, weather permitting.

“We are very pleased to appoint John Holland and we can now begin the early works for Riverwalk and get on with the job of recreating this unique and much loved river experience.

On completion, the reconstructed Riverwalk will feature 24 hour lighting along the length of the path, separated pedestrian and cyclist paths and shaded rest areas along the walkway to provide different views of the city – all contributing to enhance the safety and river experience for users.”

Community information sessions will be held at Kangaroo Point (near Cliff’s Café) this Saturday from 6.30-8.30aml and at Jan Power’s Powerhouse Farmers Markets on Saturday 11 May from 7am-12noon.

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