Council completes $100 million overhaul of ferry network

Brisbane City Council’s $100 million revamp of the city’s ferry network system is now complete, with Holman Street and Maritime Museum terminals opening today.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Brisbane residents would benefit from boosted accessibility, connectivity and flood resilience of the River City’s world-class ferry terminal network.

“This financial year, Council has upgraded terminals at Bulimba, Hawthorne and Bretts Wharf, delivered a brand new terminal at Milton and rebuilt seven flood-damaged terminals, with the final terminals at Holman Street and Maritime Museum open today,” Cr Quirk said.

“These terminals have been designed to withstand one-in-500-year flood event and incorporate robust features including deflector piers, gangways which can detach at the shore end and swing behind the pontoon for protection, and pontoons which can also deflect river-borne debris.

“Each terminal is designed to be wheelchair and mobility aid accessible with gangways that maintain intermediate level landings, improved waiting areas with extra seating and rest zones, continuous handrails and tactile ground surface indicators.

“Six flood recovery terminals including Holman Street have dual-berthing pontoons, helping to support a more efficient transport network and cater for increasing numbers of passengers into the future as part of Council’s drive to keep Brisbane moving.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government contributed more than $55 million to the wider $73 million Brisbane ferry terminal project.

“Those funds have been used to replace the seven temporary structures put in place in the wake of the January 2011 floods, which severely damaged or destroyed terminals along the length of the Brisbane River,” Mr Truss said.

“The two terminals being opened today have been designed to support a growing population, with design features including disability access, extra seating, and protection against a 1-in-500 year flood event.

“It is very pleasing to see the network up and running again, with state of the art terminals and new facilities for commuters. Together, these facilities will ensure commuters are able to get to their destinations quickly and efficiently both now and into the future.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad said the restoration of the terminals was funded through the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

“The ferry terminal restoration program is being delivered thanks to the joint efforts of all three levels of government working together to deliver for the good of the community,” Ms Trad said.

“The Queensland Government is committed to building stronger, more disaster-resilient infrastructure and the opening of the final flood recovery terminals at Holman Street and the Maritime Museum reflects our promise to return these important ferry services to the people of Brisbane.

“This is one of 5,000 other reconstruction projects being delivered under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements – a partnership between the Queensland Government and the Australian Government.

“Returning vital services and infrastructure to regions devastated by a natural disaster delivers wider economic benefits, such as generating jobs and improving transport networks, and is critical to helping local communities get back on their feet.”

Terminals at Holman Street, Maritime Museum, North Quay, UQ St Lucia, Sydney Street, QUT Gardens Point and Regatta were rebuilt along with Riverwalk under a $145 million flood recovery program funded by the federal and state governments.

Cr Quirk said Council also undertook a $21.7 million package of works to revamp existing structures at Hawthorne and Bulimba and build a new terminal downstream from the original Bretts Wharf stop to facilitate the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade.

The seven flood recovery projects are funded by the Australian and Queensland governments through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangement, with the Australian government contributing up to 75 per cent of the cost.

Further to NDRRA and Council funding, QUT contributed $925,000 towards a pedestrian access route from the university to QUT Gardens Point and TransLink provided $1.63 million to maximise Bulimba’s accessibility through the 2013-14 Passenger Transport Accessible Infrastructure Program.

Works to install an accessible path at UQ St Lucia, a lift at North Quay and an accessible path connecting North Quay terminal to Queen’s Wharf are expected to be completed in late 2015.

For more information about ferry terminal upgrades, visit or phone Council on (07) 3403 8888.