Council plans for CBD waterfront revitalisation

City Planning Chairman Cr Matthew Bourke is calling for Brisbane residents to provide their feedback to Brisbane City Council about the future of the city’s iconic City Reach waterfront area, through a new master plan.

Cr Bourke said Council was preparing the Waterfront Master Plan to guide the future growth and revitalisation of the 1.2 kilometre stretch of riverside, to ensure it continued to be a world-class employment and lifestyle precinct.

“The riverside stretch of the City Centre is one of the busiest precincts in the CBD with 10,000 jobs in key growth sectors and Council is committed to ensuring it remains a great place to live, work and relax,” Cr Bourke said.

“The Waterfront Master Plan will consider ways to maximise the opportunities of the City Reach Waterfront for the future, including extending the range of activities in the area beyond dining, activating underused spaces and helping pedestrians and cyclists better access and move around the precinct.

“In particular, the plan will identify new active transport connections, including potential locations for the landing of a new Kangaroo Point Bridge link, and new river transport opportunities to integrate with the river’s edge.

“Plans are already underway for a river access hub and riverwalk alongside the City Botanic Gardens which will provide the opportunity for water-taxis, tour boat operators and private vessels to dock, however, Council considers this is just the beginning of potential possibilities for the precinct.”

Cr Bourke said the Waterfront Master Plan was an opportunity for the community to nominate ideas and feedback about what changes they would like to see in the waterfront precinct over the coming 30 years.

“Several redevelopment proposals have been put forward for properties within the waterfront precinct and construction is already underway on a new residential building at 443 Queen Street, with a separate market-led proposal under consideration by the State Government,” Cr Bourke said.

“We want to ensure that future investment benefits the entire precinct and creates more to see and do, showcases local heritage and improves access to one of our city’s biggest natural assets.

“From its early role as a maritime centre, to the important professional services and lifestyle centre we know today, Brisbane has grown up around City Reach and it is now time to consider its future role as one of our city’s most significant Global Precincts.”

Residents can provide feedback by taking part in an online survey via Council’s website, which will help inform a draft master plan to be released later this year.

For more information on the City Reach Waterfront Master Plan visit call Council on 3403 8888.