Toowong to West End Green Bridge Project Faces Uncertain Future Amidst Brisbane Budget Cuts

Brisbane’s highly anticipated Toowong to West End Green Bridge is now in limbo, as the city authorities recently announced budget cuts, forcing an indefinite pause on the project.

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The project, already experiencing delays, was set to enter a detailed design phase later this year. However, Brisbane City Council’s decision to cut spending by 10 percent as a response to the ongoing global inflation crisis has now placed the future of the bridge in uncertainty.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner revealed that the Council would implement a significant $400 million spending cut in its 2023/2024 budget.

Cr Schrinner justified this emergency budget cut as a critical measure to prevent a forecasted budget blowout in the coming year, driven by escalating costs of construction labour, materials, and services.

Artist’s impression of the bridge’s rest point (Photo credit: Brisbane City Council/Flickr)

The Toowong to West End Green Bridge, which is one of the four green bridges planned for the city, will be impacted.

The council had previously unveiled the concept design for the green bridge, which is built upon the favoured alignment stretching from the southeast corner of 600 Coronation Drive, Toowong, to Orleigh Park (near Forbes Street), West End.

Beyond the Green Bridges program, other areas affected by the budget cuts include the Brisbane Metro, advertising, consultants, travel expenses, and councillor ward budgets. Notably, the shading project for Victoria Bridge, estimated at $5 million, has also been halted indefinitely.

Cr Schrinner defended the decision, drawing parallels between the Council’s approach and responsible household budgeting. He stressed the importance of spending less to prevent residents from facing higher costs, resulting in Council planning to reduce its daily spending by $1.6 million from its $4.2 billion budget.

Despite the severity of the cuts, the Lord Mayor assured that there would be no staff redundancies or impacts on waste collection services. 

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The adoption of these measures seems to be a calculated step aimed at preventing potential increases in rates, particularly in light of the approaching election year. As Brisbane residents anticipate the consequences, the future of various significant projects, such as the Toowong to West End Green Bridge, remains uncertain.

Published 18-October-2023

Have Your Say On Toowong To West End Green Bridge Concept Design

Have your say on the concept design for Toowong to West End Green Bridge, by completing Council’s online survey or attending an information session.

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The consultation, which will be open until 28 February 2021, will be held in various locations across West End, St Lucia, CBD, and Toowong. In West End, information sessions are scheduled on the following dates:

Date and TimeVenue
27 November 2021 (9:00 a.m. – 12 noon)Orleigh Park (Area 3) Montague Rd
4 December 2021 (6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)West End Markets, Davies Park, cnr Montague Rd Jane St
8 December 2021 (4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)South Brisbane Sailing Club, 68 Hill End Tce
12 February 2022 (6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)West End Markets, Davies Park, cnr Montague Rd Jane St

The community consultations are for the concept design released by Brisbane City Council in November 2021. Residents can provide feedback on elements such as the design of the landing locations, landscaping and urban design features, pedestrian and cyclist facilities or the overall bridge design. The locals’ feedback will be used for conceptualising the bridge’s final design. 

Concept Design

Artist’s impression of proposed riverside park and plaza at the Toowong landing (Photo credit: CC BY 2.0/Brisbane City Council/Flickr)

The Toowong to West End Green Bridge will link West End to Toowong and St Lucia. One of the highlights of the bridge is the new landscaped riverfront green space and landing plaza, with viewing platforms and seating providing space to rest and enjoy river views.

“The concept design aims to provide a modern bridge structure that touches lightly on the river’s edge and provides new ways to enjoy the river and local parks,” said Brisbane City Council.

Aerial view of the West End landing (Photo credit: CC BY 2.0/Brisbane City Council/Flickr)

Other key features of the green bridge include shade along the length of the walking path and a landing at Orleigh Park that minimises impacts on open space and provides a direct connection to the walking and cycling network.

“In West End, the landing will preserve existing heritage features and trees, where possible, to incorporate new and upgraded facilities such as seating, lighting and signage – a win for the local community and residents,” said Cr James Mackay.

Toowong to West End Green Bridge rest point with seating and viewing opportunities (Photo credit: CC BY 2.0/Brisbane City Council/Flickr)

It will feature a a curved single-mast cable stay bridge form with a length of about 280m and mast height of 75m above water level and a single water-based pier on the Toowong side of the

Brisbane River to minimise impacts on river users. 

Artist’s impression of landing plaza at Toowong (Photo credit: CC BY 2.0/Brisbane City Council/Flickr)

Works could commence on the Toowong to West End Green Bridge as soon as 2024, subject to funding and approvals, with each bridge expected to take around two years to complete. 

Here’s a flythrough of Toowong to West End Green Bridge: