New Farm Riverwalk replacement project

Brisbane City Council is pleased to announce that the New Farm Riverwalk is now open..

Summary

Address New Farm to the Brisbane city centre via the Howard Smith Wharf Precinct.
Ward Central
Project outcome To replace the New Farm Riverwalk that was damaged in the January 2011 floods.
Latest update

New Farm Riverwalk was officially opened by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk on 21 September 2014.

Opening span

Commissioning work will continue on the opening span, located at the Merthyr Road end of the walkway, until late October 2014, weather permitting.  

Once complete, the opening span or Swing Bridge, will allow boats to access the private moorings located on the inside of the fixed structure. For the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, flashing lights will alert Riverwalk users that the gates are closing while the swing bring is in operation.

Accessing Riverwalk

Riverwalk can be accessed from the city via the Howard Smith Wharves; entry is located at the end of Boundary Street under the Storey Bridge. From the Southern end, access is via Riverview Court near the end of Merthyr Road at New Farm.

About the project 

The New Farm Riverwalk is one of Brisbane City Council’s key river connections between New Farm and the Brisbane city centre. The walkway was constructed in 2003 and was used by over 3,000 cyclists, pedestrians and runners daily.

The January 2011 floods caused extensive damage to the original structure, causing a section of it to break and wash away downstream.

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Project features

Features of the new Riverwalk include:

  • a fixed, more flood-resilient structure, designed to last for 100 years
  • a rotating opening span to allow for the passage of vessels to and from moorings
  • a new alignment that will take users further out into the river for the majority of the walkway, to improve the river experience and increase privacy for residents
  • a segregated pedestrian and cycle path, 2.5m and 3.5m wide respectively
  • shaded rest and viewing areas at various locations along the walkway.

Benefits

The replacement structure will be an important asset for our community and will:

  • facilitate walking and cycling
  • improve safety
  • be flood resilient
  • be cost effective
  • be easily maintained.

Timing

The New Farm Riverwalk is now open.

Funding

The Federal and State governments have committed funding to the New Farm Riverwalk replacement.

The total expected cost is approximately $72 million.

More information

If you would like to find out more about the New Farm Riverwalk replacement project, you can:

  • call the project team on 1800 010 705
  • email the project team
  • write to:

    New Farm Riverwalk Replacement Project
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001