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17 December 2019
The City Reach Waterfront Master Plan has been released by the Brisbane city council and is set to revitalise the 1.2 kilometre waterfront, from the City Botanic Gardens through to Howard Smith Wharves.
In order to create the draft plan, the designers reviewed 22 worldwide waterfronts including Marina Bay in Singapore and Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.
They found that great waterfronts had 6 key characteristics; generous in size to allow for pedestrians and cyclists, connected to the city both visually and physically, engaging both during the day and night, adaptable to weather and can be used in every season, consistence use of materials and are comfortable spaces for people to relax.
The plan aims to achieve all 6 characteristics with its main goals including improving river access, widening the existing promenade, highlighting Brisbane’s heritage and adding more green trees and art to the area.
The plan also proposes a public riverside lap pool, relocation of the current City Cat terminal and integration with the proposed Kangaroo Point green bridge.
Plans to add a new ferry and City Cat terminals and provide opportunities for water-taxis, tour boat operators and private vessels will encourage Brisbane residents and tourists to enjoy the great climate and outdoor lifestyle that Brisbane has to offer. It will allow Brisbane to continue being one of the best cities in the work.
The community will be consulted at various stages before the final master plan is released in 2020.