Brisbane’s Mt Coot-tha eco-adventure zipline is now a step closer to getting aerial, with Brisbane City Council formally launching the next stage of proposals for operation and maintenance of a zipline.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said from next week, Council would call for formal proposals from interested parties to become involved in the exciting new project.
“After calling for Expressions of Interest in October 2016, seven parties signalled their interest in becoming involved in this major tourism drawcard and Council is eager to see formal proposals,” Cr Quirk said.
“Based on this interest, Council will now issue a request for detailed proposals as a public tender, and a successful tender will be chosen to construct the zipline for a 2019 launch.
“The zipline will provide a unique eco-adventure experience, providing visitors to Brisbane with a variety of outdoors experiences at Mt Coot-tha, including the Botanic Gardens, walking trails, picnic areas and the Summit.
“A zipline will not only provide a unique view of the Mt Coot-tha Forest, but depending on the final route, could offer views of the D’Aguilar Range, Glass House Mountains, City and Moreton Bay.
Cr Quirk said one of the benefits of the Mt Coot-tha zipline would be its close proximity to the city centre, with zipline attractions in other cities often located more than an hour travel away from the CBD.
“The Mt Coot-tha zipline will be the most accessible zipline in Australia, providing easy access to Brisbane’s seven million annual tourists, without the need to plan several hours of travel time,” he said.
“Outdoor adventure tourism is one of the fastest growing tourism segments in the world, providing Brisbane a great opportunity to continue increasing numbers of overseas and domestic visitors to the city.”
Cr Quirk said the location of the zipline would be dependent on detailed proposals from interested parties, with the final route to be refined to minimise impacts on the environment.
Construction of the project is expected to commence in late 2018, with the zipline to be open to the public in 2019, subject to permit and planning approvals.
Council will contribute up to $1 million to the construction of the zipline, as part of a $15 million investment into the Mt Coot-tha precinct over four years.
For more information about tourism and leisure opportunities at Mt Coot-tha, visit brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.