Brisbane’s most modern ferry terminal has today been unveiled, with works to upgrade the New Farm Park ferry terminal now complete.
Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner said more than 300,000 passengers used the New Farm Park ferry terminal every year and Brisbane City Council’s upgrade would cater for the growing number of CityCat services providing river transport.
“Brisbane is a New World City and we are delivering Australia’s most modern river transport network to keep our city moving into the future, as part of a $52 million investment this term,” Cr Schrinner said.
“New Farm Park is one of Brisbane’s most iconic green spaces and visitors will now be able to take advantage of a larger, dual-berth terminal, which will allow two CityCats or Cross River Ferries to dock at the same time.
“The new gangway and pontoon will also make it safer and easier to board CityCats and ferries, particularly for passengers with prams, wheelchairs and mobility walkers, making river transport more accessible for young families, elderly residents and passengers with a disability.
“The upgrade has boosted flood resilience, with 11 piles driven into the rock bed and a specially-designed concrete wall installed to absorb impacts of up to 10 tonnes caused by debris floating down the river.
“The upgraded terminal also features improved safety features, including lighting and CCTV, and will soon join Council’s network of free Wi-Fi, helping passengers stay connected as they travel to and from New Farm Park quickly and safely.”
Local Councillor Vicki Howard said the New Farm Park ferry terminal would soon be joined by a world-class river access hub near the Powerhouse.
“New Farm is a key lifestyle precinct and this terminal upgrade will complement the river access hub that is currently being constructed downstream, next to the Powerhouse,” Cr Howard said.
“The New Farm River Hub will create more to see and do along our beautiful Brisbane River, supporting kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, jet skis, tinnies, river boat tours and water taxis.
“As part of these works, Council improving accessibility between the ferry terminal, Powerhouse and river hub, with a wider footpath and more seating for residents to sit and enjoy views of the river.”
For more information on ferry terminal upgrades, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on 3403 8888. For CityCat timetable information, visit www.translink.com.au.