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Ferry terminal designs improve flood resilience

11 November, 2013

Ferry terminal designs improve flood resilience

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has released the designs of eight ferry terminals including the new facility at Milton that have large robust piers ranging from nine to sixteen metres high to deflect heavy objects in flood waters.

The Lord Mayor said seven ferry terminals would be constructed during the next two years to replace the temporary structures that were erected following the January 2011 floods while a new facility at Park Road, Milton would be built next year.

Cr Quirk said design group Cox Rayner, Derlot, Aurecon created a template for the seven terminals, which include the University of Queensland (St Lucia), Regatta (Toowong), North Quay (CBD), Maritime Museum (South Brisbane), QUT Gardens Point (CBD), Holman Street (Kangaroo Point) and Sydney Street (New Farm).

“After being severely damaged in the 2011 flood, temporary terminals were installed to get services up and running as quickly as possible,” he said.

“Each terminal will have a slightly different design to suit its specific location, however they will all be built to have a flood resilience of one in 500 years, compared to the previous standard of one in 100 years, as will the Milton terminal.

“Brisbane’s CityCat fleet is a key component of the city’s broader public transport network, so it’s important these new ferry terminals are stronger and more accessible than ever before.”

The concept design for all terminals, excluding the Maritime Museum, includes:
• a flood-resilient dual-berthing pontoon;
• a robust pier with the capacity to deflect heavy objects in flood waters; and
• a state-of-the-art gangway that detaches from the waiting area in the event of a flood to avoid being struck by debris.

The Maritime Museum terminal is smaller and doesn’t require a pier, instead it will have radial arms which will rise with the river, preventing the pontoon from submerging.

Cr Quirk said the new terminals had been designed to provide greater accessibility for people with a vision or mobility impairment.

“For example, the Milton Ferry Terminal will include tactile ground surface indicators, journey maps with braille to indicate where the commuter is and which direction they can travel to other terminals and designated seating for people with mobility impairments,” he said.

He said the Milton terminal would connect to Coronation Drive and the Bicentennial Bikeway, plus include a bridge and ramps so pedestrians can travel over the bikeway to the terminal.

The Milton terminal will have a retractable gangway and be shaped like a boat, with the pier designed to deflect debris away from the terminal to avoid significant impact to the pontoon.

The Milton Ferry Terminal will be built next year while the other terminals will be upgraded throughout 2014 and 2015.

Council has received $70 million from the Federal and State governments through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) to replace the temporary terminals with permanent facilities with improved flood resilience.

Earlier this year, Cr Quirk scrapped the Bligh Government’s international ferry terminal competition in favour of a more practical design with a higher flood resilience after discovering the winning pitch would leave ratepayers up to $20 million out of pocket with the “iconic designs” costing upwards of $90 million.

Residents are invited to view the designs and speak with Council officers at the following times and locations:

Tuesday 19 November
7.30 - 9.30am – Maritime Museum
4 - 6pm – Sydney Street

Wednesday 20 November
8 - 10am – QUT
4 - 6pm – Regatta

Thursday 21 November
8 - 10am – UQ
4 - 6pm – North Quay

Friday 22 November
7.30 - 9.30am – Holman St
4 - 6pm – Smiddy Park, Park Road, Milton (weather permitting)

Saturday 23 November
11 - 2pm – Smiddy Park, Park Road, Milton (weather permitting)

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