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QUT Ferry Terminal built back stronger

20 April, 2015

Thousands of Brisbane university students are set to benefit from the completion of a permanent, flood-resilient terminal at QUT Gardens Point, replacing the former structure damaged in the 2011 floods.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the new QUT Gardens Point Ferry Terminal was the fourth milestone in a $100 million dollar revamp of Brisbane’s ferry network.

“Today’s opening follows the completion of the renewed Bulimba ferry terminal in December 2014, the brand new Milton ferry terminal in January 2015, and the upgraded Regatta ferry terminal last month,” Cr Quirk said.

“Council is bolstering the city’s flood resilience, and the QUT Gardens Point Ferry Terminal is just one of 11 brand new or upgraded terminals to be delivered by mid-2015, which are designed to withstand a one-in-500-year flood event.”

“This new terminal will hugely benefit the thousands of students heading to and from the campus daily, with QUT also providing more than $925,000 to construct an access pathway through the existing car park under the Riverside Expressway, and install elevated walkways.

“The new all-ability access route also links commuters with other CBD landmarks including the City Botanic Gardens and George Street.”

Federal Member for Brisbane Teresa Gambaro was on site to mark the completion of major works on the QUT Gardens Point terminal upgrade.

“Works began here in August 2014 to replace the temporary terminal that was installed to get services up and running quickly following the January 2011 flood event,” Ms Gambaro said.

“The Australian Government is pleased to have contributed more than $55 million to the wider $73 million Brisbane Ferry Terminal project.

“This project delivers a long-term solution in the form of a new terminal that is more resilient to flooding while providing further benefits including ease of access for people living with a disability.

“The new terminal will cater for anticipated growth in passenger numbers in coming years and decades, making it a big win for Brisbane commuters.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad said the restoration of Brisbane’s ferry network was funded under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) following the devastating floods of 2011.

“Seven ferry terminals damaged during the 2011 floods are part of a restoration program thanks to the joint efforts of the Federal, State and Local governments, showing that in times of disaster, it’s important for all levels of government to work together and recover for the good of the community,” Ms Trad said.

“The Australian Government approved special (Category D) assistance to help restore and upgrade seven ferry terminals in Brisbane, providing up to 75 per cent of funding toward eligible NDRRA works, with 25 per cent contributed by the Queensland Government.”

QUT Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Coaldrake said the ferry terminal provided sustainable, pleasant, and reliable public access to the university campus hub.

“This terminal allows our community to link with a range of facilities including the Gardens Point Theatre, QUT Art Museum, Old Government House which includes the William Robinson Gallery, as well as The Cube, one of the world’s largest digital interactive and learning environments in QUT’s Science and Engineering Centre,” he said.

The improved terminal features a gangway which maintains intermediate level landings as the river rises and falls, additional seating and rest zones in the waiting area, tactile signage, and continuous handrails along the gangway and pontoon.

It is also equipped with a robust, 11 metre high pier to deflect flood debris away from the terminal, a flood-resilient pontoon and a gangway that can detach at the shore end and swing behind the pontoon for protection.

The temporary terminal at QUT Gardens Point, located 250m upstream, remained operational during the project and will continue to be used temporarily by the CityHopper service while North Quay is closed for upgrade works until mid-2015.

For more information about ferry terminal upgrades, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone Council on (07) 3403 8888.

[Ends] APRIL 14, 2015

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