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Tunnels on Legacy Way near completion

10 April, 2014

Tunnels on Legacy Way near completion

CONSTRUCTION on Brisbane’s $1.5 billion Legacy Way project is now three-quarters complete, with the road base laid and underground substations fully constructed.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the construction team would now focus on the mechanical and electrical fit-out of Legacy Way’s twin tunnels.

“Over the next 12 months, tunnel work will include installing fans for ventilation and smoke control, as well as cameras, signs, lighting and public address systems,” Mr Truss said.

“As tunnel work continues, four hectares of the above-ground western worksite at Toowong will be transformed into an expansion of the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens.

“The Australian Government has committed $500 million to the Legacy Way project, an important part of the $9.5 billion package of works planned for Queensland through the Infrastructure Investment Programme.”

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Legacy Way tunnel installations represented an important milestone, as the work would guarantee a safe driving environment when the tunnel opens to traffic in 2015.

“Legacy Way will connect the Western Freeway at Toowong with the Inner City Bypass at Kelvin Grove, providing Brisbane drivers with an alternate to local roads for efficiency and better access,” Cr Quirk said.

“Once open in 2015, Legacy Way will reduce traffic congestion and almost halve peak hour travel times between the Centenary Bridge and the Inner City Bypass.

“Works will be undertaken to finalise road paving, line marking and installation of barriers in the twin tunnels prior to the 2015 opening.”

Brisbane City Council is providing $1 billion to build Legacy Way. More information about the project is online at transcityjv.com.au/

• The Gardens’ expansion will provide another four hectares of community space and exciting new facilities, adding to the Gardens’ reputation as one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations.
• This will be the largest upgrade to the Botanic Gardens since its opening in 1970.
• As part of the reinstatement, a new interactive kitchen garden, amphitheatre, forest walk, nature themed playground, picnic facilities and large lagoon will be installed.
• One of the greatest features of the reinstatement work is the new 18 megalitre lagoon, which will help to drought proof the gardens into the future.
• By being able to harvest water from the lagoon as opposed to using town water, Council can save hundreds of thousands of dollars in water use, which is a great outcome both in terms of cost savings for ratepayers and future irrigation of the gardens.
• Approximately 20,000 individual plants will be planted as part of the expansion, which are all native to Queensland, including rare and threatened species from across the State.
• Plants will range from trees, palms, shrubs, groundcovers, grasses, vines, orchids and aquatic plants.
• These include Bush foods, Coastal plants, Wet Heath (known as Wallum), Dry and Montane Heaths, a Cycad grove, a Palm grove and collections of native lilies, native gingers, native hibiscus, specimen forest trees, native pines, wet and dry rainforest species and native orchids.
• The expansion will include a Queensland Conservation Walk, comprising a display of rare and threatened species from across Queensland.
• The Queensland Conservation Walk will contain over 200 different plant species currently listed as rare or threatened.
• A number of these species have great horticultural or commercial value and the new gardens expansion offers the opportunity to showcase these species to the wider Brisbane community. Species include:
o a spectacular flowering orchid found in swampy areas along the coast of South-East Queensland, including within the Brisbane City Council area.
o native citrus species found in sub-tropical rainforests in South-East Queensland.
o medium sized flowering plants found in tropical or sub-tropical rainforests.
• The Botanic Gardens, Queensland's premier subtropical botanic gardens spanning 52 hectares, features an array of native and exotic plant collections.
• The precinct also includes the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, offering entertainment for the family all year round. The Gardens has a number of events each year from live music to school holidays’ activities for the kids. More information about these activities is available at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au

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