River City readies for fireworks spectacular

Brisbane is buzzing with the city’s best vantage points being prepped and traffic management plans locked in for the city’s biggest fireworks spectacular this Saturday September 29.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Riverfire would be back, bigger and better than before and encouraged visitors to plan ahead, with road closures and changes to public transport planned from 2pm on the day of the festivities.

“More than half a million people are expected to gather along the banks of the Brisbane River to witness 11 tonnes of fireworks lighting up our night sky to a live superhero-themed soundtrack,” Cr Quirk said.

“Riverfire is the ultimate culmination of Brisbane Festival and one of the biggest fireworks shows in Australia so it is important everyone plans ahead and catches public transport where possible.

“Each year, spectators flock to the city’s best vantage points, including South Bank, Victoria Bridge, Kangaroo Point Cliffs, the City Riverwalk and here at Captain Burke Park.

“Traffic changes will be in place, impacting parts of the CBD, Fortitude Valley, Kangaroo Point, South Brisbane, New Farm, Mount Coot-tha and Mount Gravatt from 2pm on Saturday, while additional closures will be required from tonight as the city prepares for the annual event.

“There will be an increase to bus and ferry services before and after the fireworks display to help people get to and from the event quicker and safer, however it is important everyone plans ahead and is mindful of traffic changes.

“Tolls will also be waived on the Go Between Bridge from 4pm to midnight on Saturday, to boost travel options for those travelling through the city.”

Lifestyle and Community Services Chairman Cr Peter Matic said Council was proud to support Brisbane Festival and the fireworks finale, as part of their commitment to create more to see and do across the city.

“Brisbane Festival has once again tickled the city pink with more than 600 performances over the 22-day celebration,” Cr Matic said.

“Riverfire festivities will kick off at 2:45pm with crowds set be wowed by the Australian Defence Force’s aerobatics, including the iconic Growlers zooming over the city at speeds of up to 700 kilometres per hour.

“Celebrations will also extend to Riverstage, with some of Australia’s brightest talent entertaining Brisbane into the night, including Violent Soho, Meg Mac, Methyl Ethel and WAAX.”

For more information on Sunsuper Riverfire, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au. For bus and ferry timetables visit www.translink.com.au or phone 13 12 30.