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Brisbane’s Riverwalk Nearing Completion

26 August, 2014

BRISBANE’s iconic Riverwalk is in its final stages of completion with vessel access through its opening span commissioned today.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said this marks the completion of the final stages of construction for the Riverwalk, ahead of its opening to the public in September.

“Over the last few months, a unique section of the Riverwalk was installed. This section has been designed to pivot, allowing vessels to move in between the pontoons on the water bordered by the Riverwalk,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Brisbane Teresa Gambaro said once complete, the walkway was expected to be used by more than 3,000 cyclists, pedestrians and runners every day.

“The iconic Riverwalk is one of Council’s key river connections between New Farm and the Brisbane CBD,” Ms Gambaro said.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the opening span will operate for approximately five minutes to allow vessels to move out into the Brisbane River.

“We will balance the needs of private riverfront landowners with the efficient operation of the opening span, maintaining an important river connection for residents and visitors.”

“Council has delivered on this riverfront project that will once again be an important part of our river’s edge walkway,” Cr Quirk said.

Brisbane Central MP Robert Cavallucci said the Riverwalk replacement was delivered through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

“The New Farm Riverwalk was left battered and bruised after the 2011 floods, but thanks to a great team effort between the State and Federal Governments, we were able to partner with Council and restore the Riverwalk to its former glory.

“As the project nears completion it’s great news for the people of New Farm and the inner city who use this infrastructure daily for recreation and in their daily commute to work.”

The $72 million Brisbane Riverwalk is one of some 5,000 reconstruction projects in Queensland funded by the Australian and Queensland governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements since 2010.

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