Work has commenced on three sites around Brisbane as part of the Lord Mayor’s $2.2 million commitment to bring back the fountains.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said works at all three fountains were expected to be completed by the end of the year.

“Brisbane is shaped around its identity as vibrant centre with subtropical architecture, and a range of world class entertainment and cultural precincts, and flourishing green spaces,” Cr Quirk said.

“Unfortunately fountains at Emma Miller Place in Roma Street, E.E McCormick Place in Upper Roma Street, and the Mooney Memorial Fountain between Queen and Eagle Streets had all fallen victim to drought conditions in recent years, but now we can get water flowing once again.

“This new investment will include the installation of new generation water smart systems that will incorporate their own water storage and recycling so they can operate during dry conditions.”

Cr Quirk said the E.E McCormick Place Fountain’s original artist has been involved in the revitalisation of the fountain structure.

“Eighty-four year old Brisbane resident Nickolaus Seffrin helped create the original fountain in 1971 and now he is helping choose the fountain font style to match his original intent for the structure,” he said.

“Works at the site will installing a central water jet and a series of smaller fan jets, polishing the existing stainless steel sculpture, adjusting the depth of the pool and replacing surrounding concrete slabs.

“Improved lighting is also being installed to enhance the beauty of the structure at night.

“Works at the Mooney Memorial fountain are also about to commence, and involve restoring the lower façade and stonework, removing the chrome bubblers and reconnecting the lion heads so they function as water spouts again, and installing a water recirculation system to minimise water use.”

Cr Quirk’s $2.2 million commitment also includes the construction of a brand new fountain in the inner city area.

“As Australia’s Most Sustainable City 2014, we are ensuring these fountains operate in a way that preserves our most precious resource, while boosting the city’s vibrancy and further enhancing our unique character,” he said.

“It is also part of Council’s continued commitment to activating Brisbane’s network of more than 2000 parks and open spaces to make them more inviting and lively.

“I thank residents and businesses for their patience as we carry out these works and look forward to announcing a brand new fountain site for the city in the coming months.”

Water is expected to be flowing at all three existing fountains by the end of the year.