Council to invest in boosting river tourism

July 27, 2017 by  

Milton will be among several inner city Brisbane areas to benefit from an investment of $43m over a four-year period into the lifestyle and tourism aspects of the Brisbane River.

The move is expected to see the river filled with commercial, private and tourist vessels.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said as part of the four-year plan, $18m will be put towards establishing on-water docking facilities in five locations as well as an equal number of lifestyle hubs in suburbs that border the river.

He said an absence of mooring facilities and marinas had prevented recreational and tourist boater, as well as water taxis, from docking at some of the River City’s key riverfront lifestyle and entertainment precincts which was stifling river-based tourism, adding:

“Council has already commenced planning work for a previously announced public pontoon at West End, and an expansion of the existing pontoon at South Bank near the Cultural Precinct into a public marina.”

Quirk said the investment by Council will also incorporate a new river hub for recreation at Dutton Park which will be a launch area for paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, and various other human-powered watercraft. He said:

“Anglers can look forward to increased access with a new fishing platform at Carmichael Park in Hemmant, to be built in the coming year.”

Graphic designs are also to be completed for a fishing platform to be established at Moggill Ferry Park.