Greens MP Michael Berkman has responded to Brisbane City Council’s announcement of the draft locations for four of the five new green bridges proposed in Brisbane.
“It’s fantastic that the LNP Council has adopted the Greens’ plan for new green bridges in Brisbane, but we need to see proper consultation, and 10 years is too long to wait.
“Just like the new public green space at Victoria Park golf course and free bus and ferry travel for seniors, this announcement is thanks to the pressure from the Greens in Brisbane City Council.
“Council should make sure the Toowong to West End bridge lands at the former ABC site which should be transformed into a new riverside public park.
“In our community vote 2,500 locals have already made it clear that instead of letting big developers turn it into high-rises, all levels of government should work together to bring the ABC site back into public hands.
“I’ll be listening to feedback from locals on the west side, and making sure as many residents as possible get a chance to participate.
“This early stage is crucial for big decisions like where the bridges will be built, and whether they will carry buses or just pedestrians and cyclists.
“That’s why I would like to see more detailed consultation, longer than the one month window Council has given us.
“Overall, ten years is far too long to wait for vital public and active transport links - I think we should halve that delay.
“I’m calling on Council to commit to getting all these bridges underway in five years, before the 2024 election.