Friday, June 21, 2024

Brisbane council applies to resume ABC site for green bridge

Brisbane City Council is progressing with plans to secure land needed for the proposed Toowong to West End Green Bridge, revealing an application to the Queensland Government to resume a portion of the city’s former ABC site would go to full Council for support.

“Our green bridges will ensure it’s even easier to get around Brisbane on foot, bike or by scooter, making our city more connected for residents and visitors,” said Mayor, Adrian Schrinner.

“Construction is underway on the Kangaroo Point and Breakfast Creek green bridges which will be great assets for our city and important pieces of infrastructure during the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

The Mayor said Council had put the remaining two West End green bridge projects on hold after the devastating February flood, to focus on Brisbane’s rebuild and recovery.

Artist’s impression of the Toowong to West End Green Bridge.

“However, it is important we secure this part of the former ABC site now, so we are ready to build the Toowong to West End Green Bridge in future with the support of other levels of government.”

The Mayor said the Toowong to West End Green Bridge is expected to carry 5,300 trips per day by 2041.

“Every single trip taken on a green bridge is one less car on the road and this supports a clean, green and sustainable city and a healthy lifestyle,” he said.

He said the Council will seek to resume 2217 square metres of land, which is the equivalent of about eight tennis courts.

In June 2022, Infrastructure Australia added the green bridge building program to their priority list.

Queensland’s peak motoring body, RACQ, last week listed the program as one of its eight key priorities in its pre-budget submission made to the Federal Government.

Lord Mayor Schrinner welcomed the RACQ’s support and said he was still hopeful that the State Government would join their Federal colleagues backing the green bridges.

A notice of intention to resume the land was lodged in late 2022. No objection was received and the application to resume the land can now be made.

The application to resume the section of land at 600 Coronation Drive for the Toowong to West End Green Bridge will go to full Council for support on 21 March.

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