Brisbane City Council has released the final design for its $67 million Breakfast Creek green bridge, linking Newstead to Albion in the city’s inner-east and connecting up to the Lores Bonney Riverwalk.
The bridge was one of five pledged by Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner in 2019 as part of a green bridge program to increase pedestrian and cycling links across the Brisbane River.
The Breakfast Creek bridge and the $190 million Kangaroo Point green bridge were both fast-tracked last year under the $550 million program to boost industry during the pandemic, with the council lodging its development application for the most easterly bridge this week.
Documents for the application are not yet available online, but in a statement Cr Schrinner said the Breakfast Creek bridge would be a key link between the planned Hamilton athletes’ village and the city for the 2032 Brisbane Olympics.
“The final design, which has been submitted as part of the application, has been refined following community feedback, and shows an 80-metre-long bridge with an arch design,” Cr Schrinner said.
“This attractive bridge design will be enhanced with LED lighting, rest stops and a direct connection to the Lores Bonney Riverwalk.”
Bridge program promises
The council recently released final concept images for the $190-million Kangaroo Point bridge, to be constructed by BESIX Watpac.
That bridge will include a restaurant, bar and other facilities close to the City Botanic Gardens within its span, despite concerns from some quarters about the commercialisation of a public space and potential conflicts with pedestrians, cyclists and people attending the restaurant.
While the Breakfast Creek and Kangaroo Point bridges have been fast-tracked, the council still has not committed to a location for its fifth green bridge under the $550 million program.
Two other bridges linking West End to Toowong, and St Lucia to Toowong, had their preferred landing sites finalised earlier this year after months of community consultation.
Cr Schrinner has repeatedly said the council would build as many bridges as possible for the full amount and seek additional state or federal funding to complete the bridge-building program.