Brisbane ferry network back in business

Media Release


23 June 2015

The multimillion dollar restoration of Brisbane's ferry and City Cat terminal network is now complete, with the opening of the Holman Street and Maritime Museum terminals today.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government contributed more than $55 million to the wider $73 million Brisbane ferry terminal project.

“Those funds have been used to replace the seven temporary structures put in place in the wake of the January 2011 floods, which severely damaged or destroyed terminals along the length of the Brisbane River,” Mr Truss said.

“The two terminals being opened today have been designed to support a growing population, with design features including disability access, extra seating, and protection against a 1-in-500 year flood event.

“It is very pleasing to see the network up and running again, with state of the art terminals and new facilities for commuters. Together, these facilities will ensure commuters are able to get to their destinations quickly and efficiently both now and into the future.”

Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad said the upgraded terminals were part of a broader plan jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad said the restoration of the terminals was funded through the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

“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 final flood recovery terminals at Holman Street and the Maritime Museum reflects our promise to return these important ferry services to the people of Brisbane.

“This is one of 5,000 other reconstruction projects being delivered under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements—a partnership between the Queensland Government and the Australian Government.

“Returning vital services and infrastructure to regions devastated by a natural disaster delivers wider economic benefits, such as generating jobs and improving transport networks, and is critical to helping local communities get back on their feet.”

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Brisbane residents would benefit from boosted accessibility, connectivity and flood resilience of the River City's world-class ferry terminal network.

“This financial year, Council has opened upgraded terminals at Bulimba, Hawthorne and Bretts Wharf, delivered a brand new terminal at Milton and rebuilt seven flood-damaged terminals, with the final terminals at Holman Street and Maritime Museum open today,” Cr Quirk said.

“The Holman Street and Maritime Museum terminals boast dual-berthing pontoons, meaning they can cater for two ferries arriving at the same time carrying passengers heading in both directions on the river. This will reduce travel times considerably, meaning residents will be able to spend more time at home and less time commuting.”

“They also incorporate robust features including deflector piers, gangways which can detach at the shore end and swing behind the pontoon for protection, and pontoons which can also deflect river-borne debris.

“Each terminal is designed to be wheelchair and mobility aid accessible with gangways that maintain intermediate level landings, improved waiting areas with extra seating and rest zones, continuous handrails and tactile ground surface indicators.

These projects were jointly funded in a 75:25 split by the Australian and Queensland governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

More information about ferry terminal upgrades is available at or by phoning Brisbane City Council on (07) 3403 8888.