As Australia’s New World City and a city that is anticipating a population growth into the future, it is critical that Council continues to tackle congestion.
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As a Council for one of Brisbane’s fastest growing regions, we are a city with growing infrastructure needs; we need to ensure we’re not just delivering what we need now, but what is necessary to keep our city moving.
This financial year, Council will invest more than $200 million for infrastructure projects to help future-proof our city.
We will be prioritising a number of key projects that will keep our city moving such as Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade, Wynnum Road corridor Stage One and an upgrade to Paradise Road, Larapinta.
Council will also be investing in our public transport future this financial year, with $196 million to go toward key public and active transport projects such as a $4.6 million Melbourne Street bus portal safety upgrade.
During the morning peak approximately 160 inbound buses use the South East Busway tunnel portal at Melbourne Street every hour, which is 40 more per hour compared to when the portal opened in 2001. Upgrading this portal will be a major benefit as our public transport network continues to grow.
Our bus network will also receive a boost with all buses for the first time being fully wheelchair accessible through the investment of $33.9 million for 60 new buses.
This financial year Council will be making $80.7 million of upgrades to ferry terminals. We will be replacing temporary ferry terminals at seven locations, constructing a new terminal at Milton and upgrading Brett’s Wharf, Bulimba and Hawthorne ferry terminals.
Our ferry terminals experienced significant damage during the 2011 floods. These upgrades will mean improvements for the structure’s flood resilience, capacity and accessibility
Council will also be creating a new inner-city precinct in coming years with the revitalisation of the historic Howard Smith Wharves with a successful tender for this project expected to be announced later this year.
A hallmark of our River this year will be the presence of several large river barges, ranging in length between 35 and 60 metres, to help deliver a number of our projects including new ferry terminals, Riverwalk and geotechnical investigations for the Kingsford Smith Drive expansion.
Just as cranes in the city skyline, barges on our River are a good indicator of development activity and plans for our City’s future.