A popular stretch along the Brisbane River could have floating restaurants and bars, more open space, greenery and wider paths in its future following feedback from hundreds of people about how they envision the city’s waterfront precinct.
City Planning and Economic Development Chair Krista Adams said the vision, based on feedback from more than 400 people, was outlined in Council’s final City Reach Waterfront Master Plan which was released today.
“Council launched the master plan process in September 2018 and since then we have been working with the community and landowners to design a vision for the 1.2-kilometre stretch of waterfront between Howard Smith Wharves and the city Botanic Gardens,” Cr Adams said.
“This area is already a popular leisure destination with a mix of high-value professional services and riverside dining and this vision will build on the existing infrastructure, so it continues to be a world-class employment and lifestyle precinct.
“This Master Plan was based off residents’ feedback and a comparison of waterfronts from around the world, including Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco and Marina Bay in Singapore.
“Residents told us connectivity to the waterfront with shade and greenery was a main focus. There will also be ways for the private sector to deliver these aspects.
“Key features of the plan include a wider promenade, new river access points, additional shade trees, enhanced public spaces at Admirality Park and Customs House Park and public art and decorative lighting installations.
“The plan is very supportive of growing recreational and tourism activities in this area to enhance both the day and nighttime economy, including the possibility of temporary floating restaurants and bars and more river access infrastructure.”
Cr Adams said the master plan celebrated Brisbane’s outdoor lifestyle and identity as a river city.
“The vision for the future world-class City Reach Waterfront is going to take time and a shared approach between Council, the Queensland Government and the private sector,” she said.
“It’s all part of Council’s broader plan to connect people and places around Brisbane quicker and safer and encompasses our commitment to building new green bridges.
“The delivery of the Kangaroo Point green bridge will connect Kangaroo Point to the City Botanic Gardens and dramatically improve movement along the waterfront as well as boost walking and cycling.
“The proposed private development by Dexus of Eagle Street Pier also contributes to the revitalisation of this destination.
“This plan is one of the many ways Council is planning for the city’s future and working with residents, business and local communities to ensure the Brisbane of tomorrow is even better than the Brisbane of today.”