Major works now complete on QUT Gardens Point ferry terminal

Media Release

WT106/2015

14 April 2015

Joint release with:

Jackie Trad

Deputy Premier;
Queensland Minister for Transport;
Queensland Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning

Graham Quirk

Brisbane City Lord Mayor

Teresa Gambaro

Federal Member for Brisbane

Brisbane's public transport network has received a boost with the completion of major works on a new, flood-resistant ferry terminal at QUT Gardens Point.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the original Gardens Point terminal had been badly damaged by flooding in 2011. The repair and upgrade has been one of a number of upgrade projects for Brisbane's ferry network.

“The Australian Government is pleased to have contributed more than $55 million to the $73 million Brisbane Ferry Terminals project,” Mr Truss said.

“This project is one of 5,000 reconstruction projects in Queensland which have been jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.”

Federal Member for Brisbane Teresa Gambaro was on site today to mark completion of the major works on the QUT Gardens Point terminal.

“Works began here in August 2014 to replace the temporary terminal that was installed to get services up and running quickly following the January 2011 flood event,” Ms Gambaro said.

“This project delivers a long-term solution in the form of a new terminal that is more resilient and more easily accessible for people with a disability.

“The new terminal will cater for an anticipated growth in passenger numbers in the future, making it a big win for Brisbane commuters.”

Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad said QUT Gardens Point was the second of seven flood recovery terminals to come back online.

“The Queensland Government is committed to helping communities recover from natural disasters and creating a state that is more resilient in the future,” Ms Trad said.

“With both the QUT Gardens Point and Regatta terminals now open, an important service has been returned to the people of Brisbane.”

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the new QUT Gardens Point terminal was the fourth milestone in a $100 million revamp of Brisbane's ferry network.

“This follows the completion since December 2014 of the renewed Bulimba terminal, the new Milton terminal and the upgraded Regatta terminal last month,” Cr Quirk said.

“Brisbane City Council is committed to flood-proofing our city's ferry terminals and QUT Gardens Point is just one of 11 brand new or upgraded terminals to be delivered by mid-2015.

“Similar to what we've seen at Regatta and Milton, this terminal is equipped with a new pontoon, a more robust pier and a state-of-the-art gangway, making it capable of withstanding a one-in-500-year flood event.”