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A new CityCat ferry terminal for Brisbane’s popular riverside entertainment precinct Howard Smith Wharves is closer to construction as council looks to approve a procurement plan.
At Tuesday’s council meeting, the first after the spring recess, Brisbane City Council will consider approving a procurement plan to begin construction on a ferry terminal at the wharves.
The council’s budget for this year put aside money for the planned ferry terminal, which will be co-funded by the Howard Smith Wharves Consortium.
Early planning for the terminal indicated it would be constructed near the Rivershed building, at the New Farm end of the precinct.
The council will propose putting a tender out for the construction of both the Wharves ferry terminal and upgrades to the South Brisbane terminal, in a bid to attract larger suppliers.
Consultant company GHD was engaged by council to design the two terminals, with the council releasing the planned design for South Bank terminal in September.
The council expects to begin construction on the Howard Smith Wharves terminal in mid 2020, and in the procurement plan will put in preferences to support local procurement.
“The Brisbane marine industry is relatively small, and large infrastructure projects such as the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal, Queen’s Wharf Brisbane and Neville Bonner Bridge may tighten the market,” the council documents state.
Tenderers may submit proposals to construct one or both of the planned ferry terminals, with the procurement tender opening to the market in January.
The council expects the contract will begin in June next year.
Source: Brisbane Times