Brisbane's Botanic Gardens Start to Grow

Media Release

WT117/2014

22 July 2014

Joint release with:

Graham Quirk

Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor

Jane Prentice

Member for Ryan

Earthworks are well underway for the regeneration of Legacy Way's Toowong worksite into a four hectare expansion of the neighbouring Gardens.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said construction of Legacy Way was now 80 per cent complete.

“For a road project that will have massive productivity benefits to also provide the city of Brisbane with more space for recreation and tourism is a fantastic outcome,” Mr Truss said.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the reinstatement of the Toowong worksite was the largest upgrade to the Botanic Gardens since they opened in 1970, and would include a kitchen garden, amphitheatre, forest walk, playground and an 18 megalitre lagoon to help drought proof the Gardens.

“The expansion of one of Brisbane's most popular tourist destinations will give the Botanic Gardens a major boost in the coming years, and the contractors have worked closely with Botanic Gardens curators and the community to ensure the design will be popular with visitors,” Cr Quirk said.

“The expansion has been carefully designed to feature more than 31,000 plants, including rare and threatened species.

“A number of these species have great horticultural value and the new expansion will allow the Gardens to showcase these unique additions to Brisbane residents and tourists alike.

“Along with one of the most impressive botanical collections in the world, the expansion will also feature a range of attractions for visitors including lagoon walks and a new events lawn with amphitheatre seating.”

Member for Ryan Jane Prentice said the Botanic Gardens expansion and Legacy Way tunnels are set for completion next year.

“Once open in 2015, Legacy Way will almost halve peak hour travel times for Brisbane motorists between the Centenary Bridge and the ICB,” Mrs Prentice said.

Legacy Way is a 4.6 kilometre tunnel connecting the Western Freeway at Toowong with the Inner City Bypass at Kelvin Grove, providing an alternative route for traffic leaving the Western Freeway and travelling to and from the Inner City Bypass.

The Australian Government has committed $500 million to Legacy Way, with Brisbane City Council to provide over $1 billion to this congestion busting project.