Community speaks on Bellbowrie green bridge

Brisbane City Council will look at a different location for its fifth green bridge after residents made it clear they did not support a proposed Bellbowrie to Wacol green bridge.

Public and Active Transport Chair Ryan Murphy thanked the thousands of residents who took the time to have their say and help shape the future of transport and connectivity across Brisbane.

“After two extensive rounds of consultation, the clear outcome is that the community does not support a green bridge at this location,” Cr Murphy said.

“We have listened to the residents who provided feedback and planning for the Bellbowrie to Wacol green bridge which will not proceed any further.

“We will now look at other locations in Brisbane for our fifth green bridge, while simultaneously ramping up work on the fast-tracked Kangaroo Point and Breakfast Creek green bridges.”

There were 2172 submissions during the second round of consultation and 80 per cent of Pullenvale Ward residents were opposed to the bridge, while 55 per cent in Jamboree Ward said they would not use the bridge.

Pullenvale Ward Councillor Greg Adermann said the decision to not proceed with the bridge was the right outcome.

“During the second round of consultation the local community made it clear they didn’t want a green bridge from Bellbowrie to Wacol and we have listened; that is what consultation is about,” Cr Adermann said.

Jamboree Ward Councillor Sarah Hutton said Council managed to reach more than 10,000 residents during the consultation rounds

“The major concern our community had was that the bridge might be used for general traffic and would disrupt the quieter suburbs.” Cr Hutton said.

“I know some people will be disappointed with the outcome, but this feedback has not dampened my appetite to invest in cycling and pedestrian infrastructure.”

Council announced a $550 million commitment for the delivery of five new green bridges over the next 10 years, and more than $302 million of that commitment has been allocated over the next four years.

“I’m determined to make our city cleaner and greener with more local travel options, and these major projects will drive jobs and economic growth for our city when we need it most,” Cr Murphy said.