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Construction starts on Riverwalk

30 July, 2013

Construction starts on Riverwalk

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk today announced that construction will commence on Riverwalk, the 850 metre-long walkway over the Brisbane River connecting New Farm and the city centre.

The Lord Mayor, who was joined onsite by Member for Brisbane Central Robert Cavallucci and Federal MP Graham Perrett, said the works signalled an important milestone in the project to recreate the popular walkway which was damaged and washed downstream during the January 2011 floods.

“The original Riverwalk offered a unique active-travel river experience to more than 3000 cyclists and pedestrians users daily. So I am pleased to announce we are getting on with the job of recreating this popular inner-city link,” Cr Quirk said.

“I would like to thank the Federal Government for their financial support for this project.

“Over the weekend a large 55 x 18 metre barge was mobilised in the Brisbane river carrying a 280 tonne crane and a piling rig, where it will complete the works in the next nine months.”

Cr Quirk said the new Riverwalk would be a more flood-resilient structure being fixed rather than floating, and was designed to last for 100 years.

“A key component of Riverwalk’s flood resilience will be the 37 concrete piles which will anchor the walkway into the river bed,” Cr Quirk said.

“Sitting on piles, the height of the Riverwalk deck will be approximately 3.4m above the mean sea level, which is below the 1 in 100 year flood levels, but high enough to minimise corrosion caused by the salt water environment.

“This will not only ensure it is more flood resilient, but the structure’s solid foundations will reduce maintenance costs and guarantee a longer lifespan.”

Member for Brisbane Central Robert Cavallucci said John Holland Queensland commenced early works to reconstruct the iconic Riverwalk in May this year.

“The Commonwealth Government and Queensland Government are pleased to be funding this project through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements,” Mr Cavallucci said.

“This project is a good example of all three levels of government working together and we look forward to the Riverwalk being reconstructed for the people of Brisbane.

“As a local I know only too well just how much Brisbane residents are looking forward to having the Riverwalk back.”

Federal Member for Moreton, Graham Perrett said it was exciting to see the start of work that would restore a popular city amenity.
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“The Australian Government is proud to be providing three-quarters of the funding for this new, extended and safer Riverwalk, in cooperation with the Queensland Government,” Mr Perrett said.

“Queenslanders want to see assistance rolled out and work underway to rebuild their communities and that’s what the Federal Government is working with state and local governments to do.

“We'll continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with Queensland until the rebuilding job is done.”

When Riverwalk reopens in mid-2014 it will contain segregated pedestrian and cycle paths; 24 hour lighting along the length of the path; shaded rest and viewing areas; a rotating opening span to allow for the passage of vessels to and from moorings; and a new alignment that will take users further out into the river to improve the experience.

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