North Quay ferry terminal opens
15 June 2015
Joint release with:
Deputy Premier Queensland;
Minister for Transport Queensland;
Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning
Federal Member for Brisbane
Lord Major, Brisbane City
Brisbane's new flood resilient ferry terminal officially opened today at North Quay, replacing the temporary facility put in place following the January 2011 floods.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said this new terminal was delivered through a $145 million flood recovery programme funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments.
“The project was funded under the Natural Disaster Relief Recovery Arrangements, which has been used to help rebuild the iconic Riverwalk and replace seven of the flood-damaged ferry terminals,” Mr Truss said.
Queensland Federal Member for Brisbane Teresa Gambaro said North Quay is the fifth terminal to be replaced this year.
“The North Quay project incorporates flood-resilient elements including an 11-metre deflector pier, a robust pontoon and a gangway that can detach at the shore end in a flood,” Ms Gambaro said.
“The terminal is also equipped with a dual-berthing pontoon enabling two CityCats or a CityCat and CityHopper to berth at the same time, improving local network efficiency.”
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said that North Quay Terminal was the last terminal that will service CityCats to be upgraded this year, with the final two ferry terminals to be completed in coming weeks.
“Around 11,000 passengers a week are expected to board the North Quay ferry terminal, which will improve the network's accessibility, connectivity and durability,” Cr Quirk said.
“In addition to the seven flood recovery terminals, Council has completed upgrades to terminals at Hawthorne, Bulimba and Bretts Wharf and built a new terminal at Milton, as part of a $100 million upgrade to the ferry terminal network this financial year.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad said Brisbane commuters have been looking forward to the North Quay terminal coming back online.
“The ferry terminal restoration program is being delivered thanks to the joint efforts of all three levels of government working together to deliver for the good of the community,” Ms Trad said.
“The Queensland Government is committed to building stronger, more disaster-resilient infrastructure and the opening of the North Quay terminal reflects our promise to return important ferry services to the people of Brisbane.”
Ferry terminals at North Quay, Gardens Point, Regatta, Sydney Street, Maritime Museum, Holman Street and St Lucia have been funded under the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, with the Australian Government contributing more than $55 million and the Queensland Government approximately $18 million.
The Australian Government provides up to 75 per cent and the Queensland Government up to 25 per cent of the funding through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.