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Jetty Hubs For Boaties – 8 locations with 2-hour public births

Story by Roselle Tenefrancia

The Brisbane River recently opened opportunities for recreational boaties to visit various lifestyle hubs along the river. The River’s Edge Strategy is Brisbane City Council’s plan to improve access and activity on and alongside the inner-city reaches of the Brisbane River. This also links to Brisbane’s River Art Framework, which presents a vision for a world-class collection of public art along the River’s edge. The strategy was developed and refined using ideas and feedback from Brisbane residents, businesses and river user groups received through public consultation in October 2012 and June 2013.

“The Brisbane River is one of [the] city’s best assets and [the] river and recreational hubs are unlocking more opportunities for residents, visitors and tourism operators to access it and take part in on-water leisure activities,” states Brisbane City Council’s Infrastructure Chair David McLachlan.

One of the projects in the strategy is the River Access Network, launched in 2017. Berthing infrastructure were installed in each of the eight hubs, allowing recreational boats – passive and motorised – to dock for a two-hour period, while two hubs allow commercial boats to pickup passengers with prior bookings required. “River and recreation hubs are places people can launch canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards, with some also providing launching points for small vessels, tourism and commercial operators,” explains Cr McLachlan.

These river and recreation hubs have been completed and are now accessible to the public. “River and recreation hubs are located at inner city and suburban spots along the Brisbane River to ensure there are plenty of entry points available to residents and visitors.”

These hubs allow short-term use by passive craft and recreational craft:

  • Murarrie Recreation Hub
  • Northshore Hamilton Recreation Hub
  • Kingsford Smith Drive Recreation Hub
  • West End Recreation Hub
  • Dutton Park Recreation Hub
  • Riverhills Recreation Hub
  • New Farm Park River Hub
  • City Botanic Gardens River Hub

The New Farm Park and City Botanic Gardens hubs also allow tour boat pick-up and drop-off, and water taxi pick-up and drop-off. All these hubs provide access to public parks for recreation. The Murrarie Recreation Hub (location of BrewDog Brewery) and the New Farm Park River Hub (location of the Brisbane Powerhouse) both offer access to dining options as well.

The River’s Edge Strategy is set out under the four themes: Place (including plans to establish riverside eating and drinking precincts in local communities along the river, among others), Play (including the launch of a network of RiverStop places for public access to, and enjoyment of the river to promote the river as an important stage for events, among others), Connect (including the establishment of a network of short-term mooring sites for recreational vessels, among others), and Enable (including promotion of simple RiverResponsibilities to help river and RiverWalk users to enjoy the river harmoniously, among others).

If you ever find yourself navigating the Brisbane River, take the time to explore the hubs along the river, and enjoy the parks and other recreational activities, as well as food and drinks on offer.

For more information on the hubs, visit the River Access Network page on the Brisbane City Council website.



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