Residents are connecting in many different ways across the city, writes Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

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There are a number of exciting projects progressing that will see Brisbane ‘connect-up’ in a variety of ways. For example:


Brisbane’s iconic Riverwalk was not only an important transport connection catering to ferries and boats, but a link for pedestrians and cyclists, and a scenic recreation spot for locals and visitors alike.

And now it’s a step closer to rising again from its watery grave on the Brisbane River, as the first girders in its reconstruction have been placed. The placement of the deck is a critical stage in the Riverwalk project and one of the busiest construction stages.

All up 30 deck girders will complete an 850 metre-long walkway connecting New Farm and the Howard Smith Wharves in the City, designed to withstand greater flood events than those in 2011. It will form a leisurely walkway for cyclists and pedestrians with places to rest and view the river, and will feature full lighting along its length.

Kingsford Smith Drive

Another way we’re improving connections, is the $650 million dollar major upgrades to Kingsford Smith Drive.

I’ve always said that Kingsford Smith Drive is this city’s next major infrastructure project and we are now moving forward with work to widen the road to six lanes via a retaining wall built out into the Brisbane River. Kingsford Smith Drive currently carries up to 70,000 vehicles on average each day.

We are upgrading Kingsford Smith Drive between Riverview Terrace and Breakfast Creek Road to allow this transport corridor to cope with future growth of our city.

This joint Council and Federal Government project will increase the capacity of Kingsford Smith Drive, reduce traffic congestion and improve the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. Residents will also see more accessible public and active transport options on the new Kingsford Smith Drive.

Integrated Wi-Fi system

Another recent exciting announcement has been the introduction of an integrated Wi-Fi system designed to connect up people to free internet in South Bank, Victoria Bridge and the Queen Street Mall, starting in April.

This is a great step in putting Brisbane on the “digital map” ahead of G20 later this year to demonstrate to G20 visitors that Brisbane is indeed Australia’s New World City.

Any one of the 4000 officials and 3000 media representatives visiting Brisbane for the G20 will be able to access our state-of-the-art public Wi-Fi internet.

The Queen Street Mall and South Bank will be popular locations for Brisbane’s G20 guests and represent important aspects of Brisbane’s digital connectivity for our visitors.

Wi-Fi access is already available in 22 outdoor locations across the city including Brisbane Botanic Gardens, King George Square and New Farm Park. Additionally, each of Council’s 33 libraries and the entire CityCat Fleet also offer free Wi-Fi.

Last year nearly 1 million users took advantage of Council’s free Wi-Fi hotspots to stay connected on the go.

Our Wi-Fi locations encourage visitors to spend more time enjoying what our city has to offer.

I look forward to seeing these projects ‘connect up’ our city in the coming year, making Brisbane a more accessible place.