Largest Tree Planting Drive Proposed with Riverhills as First Beneficiary

“A Brisbane with more street trees is a cleaner, greener and more liveable Brisbane!” Fighting words from Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner who has pledged a massive $9.1 million tree planting drive across Brisbane, with Riverhills as one of the first round of beneficiaries.

Mr Schrinner has long dreamed of doing the “largest tree planting drive in our city’s history.”

“We did grow-up with a real appreciation for nature, wildlife and Brisbane’s incredible outdoor lifestyle,” Mr Schrinner said. “It’s one of the reasons why I am 100% committed to making the largest investment in greenspace and parks our city has ever seen.” 

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Apart from Riverhills, suburbs like Algester, Bowen Hills, Fortitude Valley, Kelvin Grove, Manly West, Milton and Petrie Terrace are also included in the first tree planting project, if the Lord Mayor is re-elected at the end of the month.

Mr Schrinner envisions that the investment will deliver a greener and cooler suburb that will appeal to both humans and animals. Trees, plants and gardens in the neighbourhoods can also improve Brisbane as one of the great places to visit.  

This planned project is already on top of the 13,000 street trees that the current council’s standard tree planting program. Under Greener Suburbs, Greenslopes, Murrarie, Zillmere and Lutwyche are all set more plants, trees and gardens this year. 

Wacol to Bellbowrie Bridge Proposed to Reduce Traffic Congestion in West Brisbane

Traffic congestion is a major concern in western Brisbane and one of the suggested solutions is a bridge that will connect Wacol to Bellbowrie.

The bridge is not far from being a reality after new Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner announced it will be one of the five new green bridges planned for Brisbane.

The Bellbowrie green bridge is a potential pedestrian, cycle, or public transport bridge with emergency access to help alleviate the risk of flooding in the area.

“These bridges will accommodate in some cases public transport but they will also accommodate walking and cycling to get people out of their cars, reduce traffic congestion and create a cleaner and greener Brisbane,” Cr Schrinner said.

The new green bridges are estimated to cost at least $550 million, with the council contributing at least two-thirds of the cost. They are scheduled for completion after five to 10 years.

Need for a Wacol to Bellbowrie Bridge

Councillor for the Jamboree Ward Matthew Bourke said the new green bridge will provide the people in Moggill Rd and Bellbowrie access to public transport via the bridge to Wacol train station.

This, in turn, will help remove traffic from Moggill Rd and the western freeway. Moggill Rd, which passes through nine suburbs in the city, is identified as one of the traffic choke points in Brisbane.

At present, locals who travel by bike have their separate path, The Moggill Road Cycle Bridge, which is constructed over Moggill Road where it meets the Western Freeway at Indooroopilly.

It was not the first time that a bridge in Bellbowrie was proposed. In 1999, a study by the Brisbane CIty Council referred to a bridge in the suburb as part of their original suburban development.   

In 2015, residents suggested a Bellbowrie to Riverhills connection to encourage more people to leave their car at home and eventually help eliminate traffic congestion in the suburb.

“We are rejoicing that we have finally succeeded in getting all of our levels of government, now federal (as well as state and local) calling for investigation into a river crossing at Bellbowrie,” the Bellbowrie Bridge Advocacy Group shared on Facebook.