Flood fighting ferry terminal designs released

ferry terminal brisbane An artist’s impression of the new ferry terminal at Sydney Street, New Farm. Photo: Supplied

Brisbane City Council has released concept design plans for eight new ferry terminals, designed to weather a one-in-500-year flood event.

Seven of the new terminals will replace those washed away in the 2011 floods, at a cost of $70 million to the state and federal Governments.

An eighth terminal, at Milton, is a new addition to the Brisbane River and will come at a cost of $5 million to ratepayers.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the construction of the replacement terminals would be undertaken within the next two years.

“After being severely damaged in the 2011 flood, temporary terminals were installed to get services up and running as quickly as possible,” he said.

“Each terminal will have a slightly different design to suit its specific location, however they will all be built to have a flood resilience of one in 500 years, compared to the previous standard of one-in-100 years, as will the Milton terminal.

“Brisbane’s CityCat fleet is a key component of the city’s broader public transport network, so it’s important these new ferry terminals are stronger and more accessible than ever before.”

The replacement terminals are the University of Queensland stop at St Lucia, Regatta at Toowong, North Quay in the CBD, Maritime Museum in South Brisbane, QUT Gardens Point in the CBD, Holman Street in Kangaroo Point and Sydney Street in New Farm.

In addition to their flood resilience Cr Quirk said the new terminals had been designed to provide greater accessibility for people with vision or mobility impairment.

“For example, the Milton Ferry Terminal will include tactile ground surface indicators, journey maps with braille to indicate where the commuter is and which direction they can travel to other terminals and designated seating for people with mobility impairments,” he said.

Construction on the Milton terminal will begin early in 2014, while the other terminals will be progressively upgraded next year and in 2015.

Residents are invited to view the concept plans and speak with council officers at the following times and locations:

Tuesday 19 November

7.30-9.30am – Maritime Museum

4-6pm – Sydney Street

Wednesday 20 November

8-10am – QUT

4-6pm – Regatta

Thursday 21 November

8-10am – UQ

4-6pm – North Quay

Friday 22 November

7.30-9.30am – Holman St

4-6pm – Smiddy Park, Park Road, Milton (weather permitting)

Saturday 23 November

11-2pm – Smiddy Park, Park Road, Milton (weather permitting)

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