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Council unveils finalised River's Edge Strategy

27 September, 2013

Council unveils finalised River’s Edge Strategy

Brisbane City Council is today unveiling the finalised River’s Edge Strategy outlining a blueprint for improving connectivity, access and activity along the inner reaches of the city’s greatest natural asset – the Brisbane River.

Neighbourhood Planning Chairman Amanda Cooper said the strategy presented a range of potential projects to encourage people to make better use of the river and its edges, with one being a new ‘river access network’.

“As Australia’s New World City we want to see more viewing platforms along the river, new riverside dining options, improved RiverLoops for jogging and cycling and enhanced tourism opportunities, which will ensure a real boost to existing lifestyle and recreational precincts,” Cr Cooper said.

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

“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.”

Council is currently undertaking further investigations into the feasibility of these uses, including which activities would be suited to each structure, the cost of establishing the network and the operational aspects of using this infrastructure in conjunction with the existing river transport network.

Cr Cooper said the opportunity to repurpose ferry and CityCat terminal infrastructure, such as those at Teneriffe and Dutton Park, could potentially come on board in the near future and would ensure increased access onto the river.

“This will enhance the rivers recreational and economic development opportunities over the next 10 years and cement the river as a focal point of our city.”

All the projects are aimed at enhancing the river’s recreational and economic development opportunities over the next 10 years and establishing the river as a focal point of our city.

Implementation projects both within the immediate future and years to come will be delivered by either Council, the State Government or the private sector.

Over the past year Council received more than 2000 survey responses during the initial feedback period, 450 survey responses and around 30 written submissions on the draft River’s Edge Strategy.



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