BRISBANE’S popular CBD riverfront precinct is in line for a major revitalisation, with plans to significantly widen the promenade, build a riverside lap pool and add new CityCat and ferry terminals.
The Brisbane City Council will today launch its draft master plan for the 1.2km of river frontage stretching from the City Botanic Gardens to Howard Smith Wharves.
It will take inspiration from world-class waterfront destinations such as Marina Bay in Singapore and Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.
The plan, which would require private and public sector investments, will steer future developments in one of Brisbane’s biggest employment and lifestyle precincts and open up access to the river. Among the major proposals is a plan to almost double the average width of the promenade, which runs along the river’s edge, from 4.3m to 8m.
A new CityCat or ferry terminal will also be considered near Waterfront Place, while a public space – which would include a riverside lap pool – has been proposed near the Port Office.
City Planning chair Matthew Bourke said the draft plan called for more green space and trees along the river’s edge, as well public art and decorative lighting.
“New ferry and CityCat terminals will be considered to improve access to the river, while providing new opportunities for water-taxis, tour boat operators and private vessels,” he said.
“Extending the range of activities beyond dining allows residents and visitors to make the most of our incredible climate and enviable outdoor lifestyle, while activating the underused spaces along this iconic pathway.
“We’re excited to incorporate the best ideas into this project to ensure this area remains a great, family-friendly destination now and into the future,” he said.
The council has not set a timeline for the delivery of the plan, with the draft to be subject to community consultation until December 9 before the final plan is released next year.
Other ideas floated include terraced seating on the river’s edge near Admiralty Park, an over-water built out with seating near Admiralty Quay and a Mary Street Plaza that would also include seating and shelter in an area that is expected to soon be highly used by pedestrians.
The plan calls for more shading, pointing out that many seating locations along the river are “hot and uncomfortable”. New active transport connections to the proposed Kangaroo Point Pedestrian Bridge have also been suggested.
“The City Reach Waterfront today is a wonderful resource for Brisbane, but its potential as one of the world’s great waterfronts has not yet been realised,” the council’s report says.
“With the exception of major events like Riverfire, there is limited temporary activation along the waterfront and existing spaces lack a variety of uses.”
There are currently more than 30 dining destinations along the riverfront, with a total land value of more than $700 million.
Cr Bourke said the draft vision reviewed 22 well known waterfronts across the world, from Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco to Marina Bay in Singapore.
Source: Courier Mail