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Bulimba, Hawthorne and Bretts Wharf CityCat terminals to get upgrades

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Kim Stephens

An artist impression of the upgraded Bulimba ferry terminal.

An artist impression of the upgraded Bulimba ferry terminal. Photo: Supplied

After years of political wrangling, Bulimba residents are finally set to get an upgrade to their ferry terminal.

Documents tabled at Tuesday's Brisbane City Council meeting reveal Waterway Constructions Pty Ltd won the building tender for Bulimba, Hawthorne and Bretts Wharf ferry terminals at a cost of $17.2 million.

Bulimba is first on the list for an upgrade, with closure scheduled from mid-August until its planned completion date in late November.

The Bretts Wharf ferry terminal will be relocated.

The Bretts Wharf ferry terminal will be relocated. Photo: Supplied

But Bulimba ferry users will have to wait until next month to find out exactly how the works will impact their daily commute, according to a council spokeswoman. 

"Council is currently finalising options for alternative travel arrangements for ferry passengers while the new Bulimba terminal is under construction and will distribute information to the community next month," she said.

It has been a long time coming for residents in the city's east.

The Hawthorne ferry terminal is set to be upgraded next year.

The Hawthorne ferry terminal is set to be upgraded next year. Photo: Supplied

Promised upgrades to the terminal have repeatedly been shelved and formed the basis of a well-publicised stoush between former Lord Mayor Campbell Newman and one-time Opposition Leader and Morningside ward councillor Shayne Sutton.

A long-standing impasse between the pair over the terminal's design in 2010 resulted in Mr Newman delaying the project until 2012-13. 

The following year Mr Newman scrapped plans altogether, as the council cut costs to aid flood recovery. 

The upgrade was then made an election commitment by current Lord Mayor Graham Quirk in 2012.

Bulimba is one of the city's busiest ferry terminals, shuttling approximately 8000 commuters each day.

After the completion of the Bulimba terminal, the upgrade of the neighbouring Hawthorne terminal will be completed in 2015, to ensure both are not closed at the same time.

A new Brett's Wharf terminal construction will also take place at the end of the year.

The new terminal will be positioned downstream from its current location, on the site of the former Brett's Wharf restaurant, which was demolished to make way for it.

Each terminal will include dual berth CityCat pontoons to improve efficiency.

Bulimba will also feature overnight mooring for a CityCat and CityFerry vessels.

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  • If only the council invested as much money on essential services and services for the outer suburbs rather than spending money on beatifying the wealthy inner suburbs. Qld is apparently in financial strife. Is pretty ferry terminals and river walk really essential at this stage.

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    Cash Cow
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    June 11, 2014, 11:19AM

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