Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is allocating $2.2 million in his 2015-16 Budget to bring back the fountains as part of a $6.3 million package of enhancements for the city, boosting the city’s attractiveness and further developing the unique character of Brisbane.
Cr Quirk said the commitment would include turning water back on in three city public spaces and a new water feature in the CBD, as well as partnering with city building owners for new decorative lighting displays and installing public artwork on key infrastructure.
“Brisbane’s unique identity is shaped by its valuable features such as subtropical architecture and design, world class parks and reserves, entertainment and cultural precincts, natural environment and public art,” he said.
“We are now able to ‘bring back the fountains’ that were an unfortunate casualty of past droughts. Operating fountains currently grace the City in Anzac Square, Queen Street Mall, Southbank Parklands and Roma Street Parklands.
“In this budget, I have allocated $2.2 million towards bringing water back to EE McCormick Place in Upper Roma Street, Emma Miller Place in Roma Street and Mooney Memorial Fountain located at Queen and Eagle Streets.”
Cr Quirk said he also wanted to see a new fountain commissioned within the CBD.
“Water features in many of Brisbane’s parks and gardens add movement and vibrancy and enhance the amenity of these spaces,” he said.
“This investment will bring new water features to life using new generation water smart systems that will incorporate their own water storage and recycling so they are able to operate during periods of drought.
“This budget will see a commitment for the commencement of beautification of the landmark River Terrace, Kangaroo Point park – an area enjoyed by many wanting to get a great view of the City especially during the amazing Riverfire display as part of the Brisbane Festival.
“I am also committing a further $123,000 for stabilisation works for Kangaroo Point North, so that this section of the cliffs can be made available for rock climbing.”
Cr Quirk said he was also investing $2.3 million in new city artworks, public art on key infrastructure and CBD lighting displays to preserve these attributes of the city we enjoy.”
“Brisbane is a hub of culture and creativity and Council will look to partner with building owners to light up Brisbane landmarks, complemented by new public artwork.
“Public art is a key contributor to Brisbane’s reputation as a vibrant and active New World City that attracts people to visit, live, work and invest, and is an expression of our city’s culture and creativity.
These commitments are in addition to a further investment of $1.8 million for the Vibrant Laneways and street enhancements program which aims to activate the city’s forgotten spaces and reintroduce them to the community in an engaging way.
Highlights for beautifying Brisbane in the 2015-16 Budget include:
- $1.6 million for CBD New World City Lighting
- $444,000 for new city artworks
- $227,000 for public artwork on key infrastructure
- $2.2 million fountains and water features
- $1.8 million vibrant laneways and street enhancements