Extend the New Farm Riverwalk past Howard Smith Wharves

Principal Petitioner Nicholas Biggs, New Farm
Closing Date Mon, 18 May 2020
No. of signatures 158 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of Council the need for the New Farm Riverwalk to be extended from its current landing point at southern end of Howard Smith Wharves, past the development and link directly to the City Reach Boardwalk. Since the opening of the Howard Smith Wharves the function of the $100 million New Farm Riverwalk has been undermined. The current active transport corridor that travels through the development does not meet Department of Transport and Main Roads nor Austroads Guidelines. This is due to the path having unnecessary curvature and the lack of segregation of path user groups. Compounding this, the developer has constructed structures immediately adjacent to the active transport corridor where patrons walk out or linger on the corridor blocking its function for transport movement. It is unknown if these structures were given development approval by BCC but media outlets have reported the developer has constructed some structures without BCC development approval. Further to this, the “Shared Zone” in front of the hotel is a danger to everyone. No one whether they are on foot, two wheels or in a motor vehicle feels safe or comfortable. Overall the development is discouraging the through movement of people on foot or two wheels. This is recorded in BCC application documents (A004897686) "Howard Smith Wharves Nominees’ consistent desire for the shared pathway not to have an overt though movement function is acknowledged”.

Your petitioners therefore request that Brisbane City Council extend the New Farm Riverwalk from its current landing point at southern end of Howard Smith Wharves, past the development and link directly to the City Reach Boardwalk. The extension must match the quality of the New Farm Riverwalk in alignment, width and segregation. To minimise the cost to rate payers, the petitioners request that Brisbane City Council seek to recover a significant proportion if not the entire construction cost from Howard Smith Wharves themselves. NB. this petition will be null and void if the existing path through Howard Smith Wharves is corrected as outlined in a previous petition titled “Make Howard Smith Wharves path Safe”.

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