Residents will soon benefit from a new recreation hub in West End, with works steaming ahead for a world-class River Access Network that will create more to see and do across the city.
Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the West End River Hub would be one of three docking stations to form a network of river tourism and recreation opportunities at key lifestyle precincts by the end of the year.
“Brisbane welcomes more than 8 million visitors every year, however despite being known as a River City there are currently limited opportunities for people to experience the Brisbane River due to a lack of short-term river-based infrastructure,” Cr Schrinner said.
“Council is investing $18 million this term to deliver a range of river-based tourism and leisure opportunities, including public pontoons at New Farm Park, Dutton Park and West End.
“The River Access Network will deliver convenient hop-on, hop-off sites for city-sights tours, tinnies, stand-up paddle boards, jet skis and canoes, as well as water taxi services and trips to Moreton Bay and the islands that will help boost recreational opportunities for the city’s $6.3 billion tourism industry.”
Infrastructure Chairman Cr Amanda Cooper said the West End River Hub would include a 25-metre long pontoon that could accommodate up to 10 vessels at any one time.
“West End is already one of the city’s bustling lifestyle precincts and this river hub will boost tourism opportunities in a quiet reach of the river, allowing visitors to dock their kayaks, canoes or tinnies while they enjoy the best of what West End has to offer,” Cr Cooper said.
“Six piles have been driven into the riverbed, ready to support the new pontoon and gangway that will be floated to the riverside location and ready to use by October this year.
“Works have also kicked off on the New Farm and Dutton Park river hubs, with both pontoons currently being constructed, ready to hit the water by the end of the year.
“These new docking facilities are only the beginning of Brisbane’s River Access Network, with plans also progressing for a river hub at the City Botanic Gardens that will be connected to a new 176-metre riverwalk.
“The development application for this facility has only just been lodged in the past week and will include three fingers as well as a larger area for tour boats to pick up and drop off.
“Once complete, this facility will accommodate up to 15 vessels at any one time, allowing tourists to walk out of their hotel and straight onto a tour boat to enjoy Brisbane’s river lifestyle.”
For more information on Council’s River Access Network, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on 3403 8888.