The final piece of turf has been laid at Brisbane’s newest green space, as the Howard Smith Wharves development nears completion. The Council says the new riverfront park will be a ‘must-see’ destination.
Daniele Antonaglia reports.
From a run down industrial area to Brisbane’s newest dining, entertainment and relaxation precinct, the old Howard Smith Wharves are undergoing a major transformation.
The new parkland is one step closer to completion with the last patch of turf, laid by city councillors this morning.
Cr Amanda Cooper, BCC Infrastructure Chairman: “During the day there will people down here picnicing, they’ll be using the restaurants, they will really be celebrating this amazing transformation of a historic site into an active, vibrant and dynamic new precinct.”
80% of the area will be open parkland where locals can enjoy the view.
Cr Amanda Cooper, BCC Infrastructure Chairman: “There will be a kayak ramp and lots of places for people to sit and enjoy the CBD skyline.”
A feature of the area will be two cliff-face lifts providing some of the best views in Brisbane.
Up until now this space has been a missing link along the Brisbane River, but this project has connected it to the rest of the city through the Riverwalk path and access to Bowen Terrace.
There are also other economic benefits including hundreds of jobs.
Luke Fraser, CEO Howard Smith Wharves: “At Howard Smith Wharves we are investing over $200 million and are creating 800 long term jobs.”
It’ll all be open for business later this year.
Daniele Antonaglia, QUT News.