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New Brisbane Riverwalk nears completion

30 May, 2014

New Brisbane Riverwalk nears completion

RECONSTRUCTION of Brisbane’s iconic Riverwalk is more than three quarters complete with 29 of 30 girders now installed.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the replacement of the popular Riverwalk was a major reconstruction project for the Brisbane community.

“The $72 million Riverwalk replacement project is one of many being delivered throughout Queensland under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements,” Mr Truss said.

“The Australian Government is contributing around $8.2 billion to reconstruction projects throughout the state following flooding and tropical cyclone events from November 2010 to June 2013.”

Member for Brisbane Teresa Gambaro visited the works today and said progress on the new Riverwalk was impressive.

“Completion of the project is now in sight,” Ms Gambaro said.

“More than 3000 cyclists and pedestrians enjoyed the original Riverwalk each day, so I know how much the community is looking forward to getting it back.”

“The Australian Government is funding 75 per cent of the cost under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, providing $54 million while the Queensland Government is contributing $18 million.”

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said work on the 850 metre-long walkway was focused on making the fixed structure more flood resilient.

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

“The girders have then been placed on top of these piles and with only one more to install, the focus will be less on major structural works and more on finishing works.

“The next major construction milestone will involve installing the opening span to allow for the passage of vessels to and from moorings located within the area of water bordered by the walkway.”

The opening swing bridge is currently being painted off site and is expected to be installed next month. Current construction activities also include the installation of seating and shelters at the five viewing nodes, concrete pours between the adjacent girders and the installation of balustrades on girders.

The new Riverwalk will provide segregated pedestrian and cyclist paths, shaded rest and viewing areas and lighting along its length.

For more information about Riverwalk, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or contact Council on (07) 3403 8888.

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