After quite some weeks of doubt, advocacy and political argy-bargy about the future of Riverwalk, it now looks set to be rebuilt. Over the weekend the federal and state governments announced a $315m funding package for repairs to local councils’ damaged infrastructure, including $145m for Brisbane’s ferries and Riverwalk.
The package fully covers Council’s most recent estimate of the costs, $75m for Riverwalk and $70m for the ferries, which should eliminate any excuses for not rebuilding it. The figure is at the top end of Council’s $40–75m range, so there should not be any need to cut corners. Earlier estimates for the ferry costs were $70–100m.
We have not yet been able to get any specific information from Council about its plans to rebuild, but we will continue to pursue it. It’s important that Riverwalk be rebuilt promptly and to a high standard, reflecting its importance as a significant inner city bike link.