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Labor candidate pours water on council’s Brisbane riverfront proposal

“It’s 12 months overdue and millions and millions over budget, so how can we trust this mob?”

Mr Condren said he supported the idea of revamping the waterfront, but wanted to see costings around the overall project, which Brisbane City Council plans to be partially funded by private investors and businesses along the strip.

However, Mr Condren insisted ratepayers could not trust the LNP administration led by lord mayor Adrian Schrinner to deliver the riverside masterplan on time or on budget.

Mr Condren said he wanted the council to go out to consultation on the masterplan and get an understanding of what residents wanted done with the 1.2 kilometre stretch of riverfront.

Cr Bourke said on Friday morning the draft masterplan was being put out to consultation to seek residents’ feedback.

“Today council’s released its city reach masterplan for consultation. This is a 1.2 kilometre stretch of the Brisbane River through the very heart of our city,” Cr Bourke said.

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“It has some 30 dining offerings and 1.6 hectares of parkland, and we want to see how we can make this part of our city reach even better.

“Most importantly in the feedback from residents to date, they would like to see more consistency in the pathway treatments that are provided, they would like to see more shade, more seating, as well as better connectivity back up from the river’s edge to the CBD itself.

Asked what he would do with the city reach waterfront if he were mayor, Mr Condren said he would do “exactly what the LNP are doing” and put the plan out for consultation.

Development company Dexus is currently working on a major revitalisation of Eagle Street Pier, one of the area’s key precincts, which would include improved riverwalks, pedestrian access and entertainment areas.

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