Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication Technology
The Honourable Robert Schwarten
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Date set for Kurilpa Bridge opening
Public Works Minister Robert Schwarten today invited Brisbane residents and visitors to join him and the Premier on October 4 for the official opening of Kurilpa Bridge.
â€œI encourage people to come along to experience being among the first to walk over Kurilpa Bridge, the worldâ€™s first tensegrity pedestrian bridge,â€ Mr Schwarten said.
â€œBy tensegrity, I mean that the bridge balances tension and compression components to produce a light but incredibly strong structure.
â€œIâ€™m thrilled to be opening this world-first structure during 2009 as a highlight of Queenslandâ€™s 150th anniversary celebrations.â€
The official ceremony on October 4 will begin at 10:30am and will include a plaque reveal, balloon release and the first official walk across the bridge.
Following the opening ceremony, community celebrations will be held at Kurilpa Park until 2.30pm, and will include performances from local entertainers and childrenâ€™s activities.
Kurilpa Bridge is the Queensland Governmentâ€™s newest cycle and pedestrian bridge, linking the city centre and South Brisbane, completing a pedestrian and bicycle loop linking the city and South Bank via the Goodwill Bridge.
Currently around 53 000 people per week cross the Goodwill Bridge and it is expected that similar numbers will cross the Kurilpa Bridge per week
It will provide an environmentally-friendly and enjoyable walking and cycling pathway to the city from South Brisbane.