Based on the initial plans, 1.1 km of Stanley Street and 1.4 km of Annerley Road will be provided with dedicated bike lanes. Part of the plan is to remove the existing pedestrian crossing on Annerley Road, located about 150 metres south of the Stanley Street and Annerley Road intersection.
It will be replaced with a signalised crossing at the corner of Annerley Road, Clarence Street and Catherine Street.
The design also involves changing the number of intersections on Annerley Road and Stanley Street to improve traffic flow. Bus stops will also be reconfigured to minimise conflicts between cyclists and buses.
Speaking last week at the Brisbane Bicycle Film Festival, Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey announced a multi-million-dollar facelift to improve Brisbane’s cycling infrastructure.
Bailey said that a tender to develop a major cycling maintenance and rehabilitation program has been awarded to HDR, with consultation now under way.
“Once the program is developed, we have allocated $6.91 million to carry out works between 2017-18 and 2020-21 ensuring a safer, more comfortable ride for everyday users.
Bailey said rehabilitation of the bikeways supported the Queensland Cycling Action Plan 2017-2019, which was heavily influenced by community feedback.
The Woolloongabba project aims to make roads safer for cyclists and encourage more people to use bikes instead of cars as part of council’s plan to create new lifestyle and leisure opportunities through active travel options.
The initiative is part of the council’s Better Bikeways for Brisbane program, which is being funded through a $100-million investment.
Queensland’s population projected to hit 5 million
Motivations for new and easier cycling options come as a result of growing population figures and the accompanying number of cars on the road, as Queensland’s population is projected to reach the five million milestone in May, according to the latest population figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
ABS Demography director Anthony Grubb said that by the end of September 2017 Queensland’s population had reached 4.9 million and was growing at 1.7 per cent.
“Natural increase and net overseas migration each added an additional 31,000 people to the state’s population in the year preceding September 2017,” Grubb said.
“The third component, net interstate migration, contributed 19,000 over the same period, including a net flow of 12,000 from New South Wales.”
Grubb said Queensland took 37 years to hit the one million milestone in 1938 and another 36 years to reach two million in 1974.
“After that, population growth picked up its pace, taking only 18 years to get to three million in 1992, and just 14 years to reach four million in 2006.”
Originally Published: theurbandeveloper.com
Brisbane Set to Receive Australia’s Largest Performing Arts Venue
A new $150 million theatre to be built on the heritage-listed cultural precinct at South Bank will be funded in part by the Queensland government.
The Labor government will allocate $125 million in the Queensland budget and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre will contribute the remaining $25 million for the 1500-1700-seat theatre, which will be built on the Playhouse Green site.
The addition of the proposed venue would make QPAC the largest performing arts space in Australia.
The Queensland Premier said the new venue would support the state’s four home companies – Queensland Ballet, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Opera Queensland and Queensland Theatre – by providing access across five QPAC venues.
“Building a new theatre is a must to ensure we can keep attracting even more big shows and more visitors to our capital city,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
“A national design competition would be undertaken to deliver an outstanding architectural solution for the new theatre.”
The new theatre has been scheduled for completion in 2022 and would represent the largest investment in the arts since the Gallery of Modern Art was completed in 2006.
The state opposition has criticised the announcement, instead getting behind a market-led proposal by Sydney-based Foundation Theatres.
The proposed $100 million theatre on the old State Library site adjacent to Queen’s Wharf which would have required $25 million in taxpayer funds.
“The LNP has been calling for a new theatre for the last three years,” Dr Rowan said.
“It’s staggering that taxpayers are going to fork out for this theatre when a privately-funded proposal has already been lodged.”
On the weekend the Premier insisted that proposal was “still in play”.
“If they still want to pursue that they can,” Palaszczuk said.
Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the new theatre would be a wonderful addition to the Queensland Cultural Centre that last year saw 6.5 million visitors.
“The new theatre will further enhance visitor attraction to the Centre, and with the growth of our local companies, we want as many visitors and tourists to experience our local artists and performing arts product as possible,” Trad said.
“QPAC schedules over 1000 performances annually and saw 1.3 million people through its doors in 2017.
“Its current theatres are nearing capacity, however with the addition of this new theatre QPAC would become Australia’s largest performing arts centre with the potential to welcome an additional 300,000 visitors each year when fully operational from 2022.”
Queensland Project Pipeline at Risk of Stalling
A string of major infrastructure projects in Queensland are at risk of stalling over the next two years, due to reluctant investment from the private sector.
A new report compiled by BIS-Oxford Economics has warned of a reversal in fortunes for the Palaszczuk Government’s Market-Led Proposals program with a lack of funding and viable projects coming through.
The Queensland Major Projects Pipeline Report has revealed that 48 per cent of 190 potential projects, worth a combined $39.9 billion, are without funding, with $7 billion worth marked as unlikely to proceed.
The report is critical of the Palaszczuk Government, which has so far only had two projects approved – the Logan Motorway enhancement and the new Brisbane International Cruise Terminal.
Brisbane Airport parallel runway phase 2 $830m
Ipswich Motorway (Rocklea-Darra stage 1) $400m
Toowoomba Second Range Crossing $1.6bn
Bruce Highway (Caloundra Road – Sunshine Motorway) $929m
Sunshine Coast Airport new runway $297m
Cross River Rail (tunnel/underground stations) $4.5bn
Brisbane International Cruise Terminal $150m
Singapore military training (Townsville/Rockhampton) $1.6bn
Brisbane Metro $944m
Bruce Highway (Cooroy-Curra section D) $1bn
Inland Rail (3 Queensland sections) $5.25bn
Burdekin Falls Dam $330m
Gold Coast Light Rail stage 3 $500m
Cairns Cruise Terminal expansion 120m
Rockwood Weir $352m
Sunshine Coast rail line duplication $780m
Centenary Highway bus lanes (Ipswich Motorway – Toowong) $400m
Eagle Downs coal mine (Moranbah) $1.25bn
Ipswich Motorway (Rocklea-Darra further stages) $1.4bn
Sunshine Coast Light Rail $500m
Gold Coast Cruise Terminal $120m
Adani mine (stage 1) rail/port expansion $8.7bn
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said major project work had risen by 58 per cent in 2017–18, with activity in 2018–19 forecast at a similar level.
“While the report says maintaining this momentum may be a challenge, I’m confident our upcoming Budget’s $45 billion of infrastructure over the next four years, plus our other job-supporting initiatives, will be the stimulus needed to keep the economy on the up,” said Dick.
“I note the report highlights lower levels of private sector investment than in previous years, and that’s why the Queensland Government remains committed to infrastructure investment. ”
The report goes on to highlight that the value of public sector projects with committed funds or currently under procurement outweighs the private sector by six to one in Queensland.
“Queensland needs to keep focused on finding good, investable projects so the pipeline doesn’t dry up. When projects already in development are accounted for, Queensland has only 12 out of 96 projects identified for investment on the current National Infrastructure Priority List,” Infrastructure Association of Queensland chief executive Steve Abson said.
“This level of projects coming through is two to three times lower than we’d prefer to see.”
While Queensland’s projects continue to stall, New South Wales and Victoria continue to deliver large-scale infrastructure through innovative private sector funding.
“The challenge is to understand the barriers that are preventing greater private investment in existing or new private infrastructure – be that regulations, approvals, risk on financial return, perception of sovereign risk or confidence in the long-term outlook for the region,” said Abson.
Council resumes houses to deliver $40 million road upgrade
Artist’s impression of the Murphy and Ellison roads upgrade.
Photo: Brisbane City Council
More than 25 property resumptions are required to widen a road that carries 37,000 motorists a day in Brisbane’s north.
The $40 million upgrade to Murphy and Ellison roads at Geebung would require Brisbane City Council to resume nine homes as well as parts of 17 other properties.
The council’s infrastructure chairwoman Amanda Cooper said the council had already started the resumptions.
“We obviously have to widen the corridor and to widen the corridor we have to acquire some land,” she said.
“Council is already in discussion with all of those nine property owners and they have been working very productively with council, three of those are already complete.”
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