City reveals plans for river hubs to boost watercraft access

September 15, 2017 by  

Milton residents are in a prime position to enjoy the benefits of $18m worth of on-water infrastructure planned for the Brisbane River.

Designs for the introduction of two docking hubs set to provide commercial, private and tourist short-term inner-city moorings were announced recently by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.

The river plan, according to Cr. Quirk, is designed to improve lifestyle and tourism options by introducing convenient locations for people to board cruises to the islands and Moreton Bay, or take leisure craft, water taxis, and hop-on hop-off tours to see popular city sights often featured on promotional brochure printing.

Docking sites have been planned for five inner-city locations, with the first ones planned for the City Botanic Gardens and New Farm Park, followed by two at South Bank and another at West End.

Cr. Quirk said a number of river lifestyle hubs are also planned for the Brisbane River, stating:

“Until now, a lack of mooring facilities has prevented river access at key riverfront entertainment, lifestyle and business precincts, and the city has been forgoing tourism opportunities that could support more jobs in Brisbane.”

Amanda Cooper, Infrastructure Chairman, said the new facilities at the City Botanic Gardens and New Farm Park will give access to various vessels, with spaces designated to allow safe and separate docking for each.

She said the floating structures will cater for about 15 vessels at once, ranging from tour boats to kayaks.