Despite last month’s announcement of state and federal government funding to rebuild Riverwalk, Lord Mayor Campbell Newman is still not committing to rebuild the destroyed section of floating Riverwalk at New Farm.
The CBD BUG wrote to the Lord Mayor ( PDF, 48 kB) in February requesting confirmation of his earlier commitment to rebuilding Riverwalk. We’ve now received a reply ( PDF, 216 kB) dated 8 March (more recent than our previous article) that is far from affirmative:
Thank you for your letter of 11 February 2011 concerning the rebuilding of Riverwalk at New Farm.
This city faces a huge job to replace the critical infrastructure that has been damaged in the recent flooding. While I support the rebuilding of Riverwalk, the message that people are giving me is that they want Council to concentrate on other important infrastructure such as roads, parks and the ferry network first. That’s what we are going to do.
Having said that, Council will be lodging a claim with the Federal Government for disaster relief funding to cover the cost of replacing the damaged section of Riverwalk. However, if funding is not provided we will not be in a position to proceed with the repairs.
I would ask for your assistance in lobbying the Federal Government to ensure we get the money we need to rebuild the city’s critical infrastructure. I have already written to Brisbane’s Federal MPs to make it clear that Brisbane won’t accept being short-changed and I would ask that you also use any contacts you have in the Federal Government to help me get this message across.
Thank you for taking the time to contact me about Council’s efforts to restore cycling infrastructure.
The letter has an additional, handwritten note:
At the time of signing we had received news that the Feds were prepared to look at the project
What do you think? Should the Lord Mayor make sure Riverwalk gets rebuilt? Let us know in the poll or the comments below.
How important is it to rebuild Riverwalk?
- Very, it's an important cycling connection (85%, 46 Votes)
- Somewhat, but only after roads, parks and ferries (9%, 5 Votes)
- Not at all, the alternative routes are fine (6%, 3 Votes)
Total Voters: 54