Brisbane’s Riverwalk resurrected

The wait is nearly over.

The resurrected Riverwalk will open on Sunday, September 21, Brisbane City Council has confirmed, three and a half years after the original floating structure washed away in the 2011 floods.

The 900-metre river path will once again connect New Farm with the Brisbane central business district and is expected to carry more than 3000 cyclists and pedestrians each day.

Brisbane’s inner-city Riverwalk is starting to take shape.

The eagerly anticipated completion of the project was initially scheduled for mid year, but in May Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced unforeseen river conditions had hampered construction.

Like its floating predecessor, the new Riverwalk has an opening span that will allow vessel access.

The commissioning of that section on Tuesday marked the final stage of construction, Cr Quirk said, paving the way for the September 21 opening.

He said the opening span section would operate for about five minutes at a time to allow vessels to move out into the Brisbane River.

“We will balance the needs of private riverfront landowners with the efficient operation of the opening span, maintaining an important river connection for residents and visitors,” he said.

The new structure has been built to withstand a one-in-2000 year flood.

The federal and state governments funded the $72 million reconstruction project with flood recovery cash and construction has been overseen by the council.

Federal Member for Brisbane Teresa Gambaro said the opening would mark the return of a city icon.

“The iconic Riverwalk is one of the council’s key river connections between New Farm and the Brisbane CBD,” Ms Gambaro said.

Cr Quirk said a community event would be held to officially open the new structure.

He said Riverwalk was a vital link in the city’s network of river’s edge walkways.

Brisbane Central MP Robert Cavallucci said the near completion of the structure was “great news” for residents of New Farm and the city’s inner north.

“The New Farm Riverwalk was left battered and bruised after the 2011 floods, but thanks to a great team effort between the state and federal governments, we were able to partner with Council and restore the Riverwalk to its former glory,” he said.

The funding arrangement to replace the path was made when the previous federal Labor government was in power.

The original Riverwalk lasted just seven years following its 2003 construction but it quickly became a highly used piece of city infrastructure.

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