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    Premier and Minister for Reconstruction
    The Honourable Anna Bligh


    Premier and Minister for Reconstruction
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Thursday, August 04, 2011


    Brisbane’s CityCat and CityFerry network will be back better than ever with a cutting-edge design selected to replace the terminals destroyed during the floods.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan and Queensland Premier Anna Bligh today announced the Cox Rayner Architects / Derlot / Aurecon consortium had won the international design competition for the new terminals.

    “The terminals will be new iconic pieces of infrastructure for Brisbane,’’ Mr Swan said.

    ``It’s not just about replacing what was destroyed, it’s about building a better, more liveable city.”

    The winning design is for a floating pontoon structure tethered to a single up-stream pier, which will be highly resilient in the event of future floods.

    Premier Anna Bligh said this innovative and simple approach means that Brisbane commuters will literally be walking on water.

    “It also means these new CityCat terminals will have much more than nine lives.”

    The Commonwealth and State Governments have allocated up to $70 million to replace the five CityCat and two CityFerry terminals destroyed in the floods.

    Premier Bligh said the winning design could be easily adapted to suit each terminal location and was ecologically sensitive, utilising recycled materials, solar collectors and water harvesting.

    The CityCat terminals are located at UQ, Regatta, North Quay, QUT and Sydney Street and City Ferry terminals are at Holman Street and River Plaza.

    Mr Swan and Premier Bligh thanked the other two finalists, Second Nature Collaborative and Shane Thompson Architects & Lat 27 with Bill Short Engineers, and the other entrants in the design competition.

    “Throughout each stage of the competition, we have been incredibly impressed with the creativity and technical expertise on display from Queensland’s design community,” the Premier said.

    The winning consortium will be awarded a contract as consulting architect to the terminal rebuilding program and will work with Brisbane City Council throughout the process.

    “The rebuild and reconstruction process begins in earnest today and we would expect to see the Council start construction by October,” the Premier said.

    Under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, the Commonwealth will provide up to $109 million and the State Government will contribute up to $36.25 million to replace the terminals as well as the Riverwalk.

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