South Bank’s growth mapped out in new visionary report
The southern bank of Brisbane River’s inner-city stretch is more than just a great spot to take a snap of The City’s skyline – it is a picturesque destination in its own right. For decades, South Bank has stood as a prominent meeting point, dining destination and cultural hub, and its evolution shows no signs of stagnating. A report by Business South Bank showcases ideas for the future planning of the precinct over the next two decades, shaped by input from South Bank stakeholders keen to see it the area expand into a global destination.
QAGOMA, QPAC, the State Library of Queensland, the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, River Quay, Southpoint, the South Bank Parklands – try and name a more loaded cultural precinct in Brisbane. We’ll wait. Even though South Bank is already one of Brisbane’s most visited precincts, there is always more that could be added. Business South Bank recently partnered with some of the area’s key stakeholders including South Bank Corporation, Griffith University, QPAC, City Parklands and ARIA Property Group to produce a document that sets out aspirations and plans for the area in the next 20 years, to ensure the continued growth as South Bank as a destination.
Significant ideas put forward in the report include adding new public spaces through five extra hectares of riverfront parkland beyond the William Jolly Bridge, upgrading the arrival gateways including the Cultural Centre Station, and adding a new bridge between Queen’s Wharf and the South Bank Parklands. Other proposals include extending pedestrian links and enhancing existing public spaces, transforming Glenelg Street into a green Festival street, revitalising the Maritime Museum and adding a new riverfront walkway connection to Kangaroo Point. The full report is accessible to the public and details many more ideas – you can read it here.