Lord Mayor still not committing to Riverwalk

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:

Dear Mr French Paul,

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.

Yours sincerely,

Campbell Newman

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

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3 Responses to Lord Mayor still not committing to Riverwalk

  1. Peter Whittle says:

    There is an opportunity to review the previous structure and alternatives. It is a critical connection, but it had its problems and perhaps a different structure would be better. The Lord Mayor should use the delay to undertake a review of how the Riverwalk could best be replaced.

  2. Robert Dickinson says:

    As a proud Queenslander, retiree and recreational cyclist I believe that not to replace Brisbane’s riverside walkway would be one of Brisbane’s greatest losses.

    Even as it was pre-flood it was pivotal in enjoying Brisbane and in showing off our city’s riverside attractions; that it is not just overseas cities with snaking rivers that are desirable and how all this can be quietly or exuberantly enjoyed without a car by locals of all ages, (including cyclists), tourists and in tourism promotions.

  3. Ian Carr says:

    As avid users of the Riverwalk for years, my wife & I were very disturbed to read the (ex) Mayor’s very equivocal comments about its replacement. Being able to access the CBD from our home in New Farm quickly and without parking or pollution worries has been of immense benefit to us and the heavy usage of this facility 7 days a week by a huge variety of people points to the fact that we are far from being alone in this. Both commuters and recreational users are disadvantaged by its loss. We would urge everyone involved to get it up and running again ASAP!

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