Arrivals & Departures A capital time in lush, tropical Brisbane

The city is flourishing after the 2011 floods and a big rebuild, writes STEPHEN SCOURFIELD

From a high rooftop, the river in Brisbane is framed by green parks as ferries pass, leaving beaded white wakes on the choc milk water.

From Brisbane City Botanic Gardens to the Colmslie Beach Reserve, this is a lush city.

And that is largely the result of the work of Brisbane City Council following a January 2011 event here.

The Brisbane River peaked 4.46m above sea level, flooding 22,000 homes and 7600 businesses across 94 suburbs. It drowned and wrecked infrastructure, transport systems, waterways, parks and community areas.

And it took more than $440 million and three years of recovery work for the council to repair and rebuild. That included $28 million for parks, $6 million for wharves, jetties and pontoons and $4.5 million for pools and libraries.

Devastating as it was, it provided a moment for the city to reassess and reinvent, and these nine years later, that process and investment is come to this green fruition.


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