New Lord Mayor’s Infrastructure Plans
Brisbane’s new Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner outlined his vision for a cleaner, greener and more active city – including five new green bridges – after his colleagues endorsed him to take over from long-serving Lord Mayor Graham Quirk. Cr Krista Adams was elected as Deputy Mayor.
Cr Schrinner became Brisbane’s 17th Lord Mayor – and one of the youngest ever – when he was officially appointed at a special Council meeting on Monday, 8 April.
He said his Lord Mayoralty would be driven by a focus on building the critical infrastructure our city needs and protecting our unique lifestyle and green space.
“Brisbane is the best city in Australia to live and work, and we have a responsibility to keep building on the great work that’s taken place under Graham Quirk’s leadership,” he said.
“That’s why I am announcing a plan for five new green bridges to help reduce traffic congestion and dramatically improve Brisbane’s cross-river connectivity.
“This will be a major program costing at least $550 million aimed at tackling traffic congestion, improving public and active transport and creating a healthier, more active city.
“I’m also going to be a Lord Mayor who champions extra parks for Brisbane, and works to increase our green space. I plan to spearhead the biggest investment in parks and green space our city has ever seen.
“To me, this ‘clean, green agenda’ is a natural extension of the work I have done over the last three years leading the Brisbane Metro project and rolling out new bike paths and cycling infrastructure across the city.
“Making it even easier for people to get around our city by public transport, cycling or on foot, is going to be a key theme of my time as Lord Mayor.”
Council will contribute at least two-thirds of the cost of these bridges and will allocate initial funding in the next Council Budget in June. It would also seek contributions from the State and Federal Governments, he said.
Details of the five new green bridges are as follows:-
- Kangaroo Point Green Bridge – Pedestrian/cycle bridge. Council is currently undertaking a business case.
- Toowong to West End Green Bridge – potential pedestrian/cycle/public transport bridge.
- St Lucia to West End Green Bridge – potential pedestrian/cycle/public transport bridge
- Breakfast Creek Green Bridge – Pedestrian/cycle bridge connecting Kingsford Smith Drive Riverwalk into the existing Riverwalk network.
- Bellbowrie Green Bridge – potential pedestrian/cycle/public transport bridge, with emergency access.
These new green bridges will be complemented by next year’s conversion of Victoria Bridge to a green bridge for the Brisbane Metro with additional space for pedestrians and cyclists.
The Neville Bonner Bridge will be built by Star to connect Queen’s Wharf Brisbane to South Bank for pedestrians.