Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Brisbane council plan to breathe new life into creek corridors

Urban gardens, waterplay and sports courts have all been incorporated in draft plans to revive and revitalise one of Brisbane’s most important creek corridors.

Lord Mayor, Adrian Schrinner has invited residents to have their say on the concept plan for Kingfisher Creek, which stretches from East Brisbane to Woolloongabba.

A series of ‘stepping stone’ parks and urban greenspaces linked by separated pedestrian and cycle paths have been included in the Kingfisher Creek Concept Plan.

Kingfisher Creek is part of the broader Norman Creek Master Plan which included the landmark transformation of Hanlon Park in Stones Corner, which has been widely embraced by Brisbane residents.

Lord Mayor Schrinner said the proposed Kingfisher Creek concept will promote a healthy creek system, facilitate active travel and accommodate recreational options for locals.

“Brisbane is renowned for being clean, green and sustainable and revitalising our creeks is just one of the ways Council is helping ensure our city and suburbs get even better,” he said.

“We know residents are passionate about their local greenspaces and we recognise Kingfisher Creek catchment has huge potential which is why we are keen for locals to have their say.

“Connecting two of Brisbane’s fastest growing suburbs Woolloongabba and East Brisbane, the concept plan will see key green areas Watt Park, Woolloongabba Rotary Park and the Moorhen Flats transformed based on resident feedback.

“With suggestions like improving lighting, dog parks and more tree coverage, the next phase of the feedback process will ensure that the natural bushland is preserved, while delivering more to see and do in our suburbs.”

The Kingfisher Creek corridor is the third proposal in the wider Norman Creek Master Plan, the first of its kind in Australia.

The Master Plan aims to rejuvenate the catchment, improve flood resilience, and create a more connected community.

The current Kingfisher concept plan is open for consultation until Sunday 8 October.

Coorparoo Ward Councillor, Fiona Cunningham said the consultation period will be vital in informing the final vision for Kingfisher Creek.

“The final Kingfisher Creek plan is set to be released later this financial year, so we want residents to jump online and provide their feedback on the proposed amenities,” Cr Cunningham said.

“For those looking to learn more about the project or provide feedback in person, information kiosks will be held in the Woolloongabba Rotary Park starting this weekend, with Council representatives on site to provide further background.

“The more feedback we have, the better our Council officers are able to plan for the Brisbane of tomorrow.”

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