Progress Continues on Kangaroo Point Underpass Beneath Story Bridge

Work on the new Kangaroo Point underpass is progressing well, providing a critical link for pedestrians and cyclists travelling beneath the iconic Story Bridge from Main Street to Deakin Street.


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The project involves creating a dedicated pedestrian and bike path running beneath the Story Bridge, linking Main Street to Deakin Street in Kangaroo Point.

Construction crews have carefully cut openings in the bridge’s sidewalls, allowing natural light to stream into the previously inaccessible space underneath. The next phase involves levelling the floor, installing drainage, relocating utility services, and building a separating wall from the adjacent council depot.

When completed in 2024, the underpass will feature separated paths for pedestrians and cyclists, an accessible viewing area, and illustrative wall panels highlighting the rich history of the Story Bridge itself.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner says the underpass represents an important connection between an iconic piece of Brisbane’s heritage and its future green transport network.

“This Story Bridge is not only part of Brisbane’s heritage but its future, so it’s fitting that 95 per cent of the concrete sections removed from the bridge will be recycled and could be given a new life in other parts of the city,” Cr Schrinner stated.

Kangaroo Point underpass
Photo credit: Brisbane City Council

The underpass is a critical link in extending the Kangaroo Point Peninsula’s active transport network to the city centre via the new green bridge. It will provide a safe, level pathway avoiding stairs and roads.

“With the Olympics and Paralympic Games on the horizon there is a need for a convenient ongoing connection that would be able to link walkers and riders heading from The Gabba to the CBD,” Cr Schrinner explained.

Travel projections estimate the Kangaroo Point Green Bridge could generate over 6,100 active transport trips per day by 2036, reducing car trips across the river by up to 84,000 annually. Approximately 2,800 of those green bridge trips are expected to flow through the new underpass each day in 2041.


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For locals and visitors alike, the underpass will offer a unique way to experience Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge from a new perspective when it opens this year.

Published 19-April-2024

Story Bridge to Light Up Purple for Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month

On Wednesday, September 6, Kangaroo Point and the rest of Brisbane will see the Story Bridge light up purple to mark Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month.


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The special lighting display on the Story Bridge aims to raise awareness about gynaecological cancers, which affect over 6,700 Australian women and girls each year. 

Knowing the signs and symptoms of gynaecological cancers can save lives. That’s why Cherish Women’s Cancer Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness and funding research, is urging all women to learn about the most common red flags. 

Gynaecological Cancer Awareness
Photo credit: Cherish Women’s Cancer Foundation/Facebook

“We need to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of gynaecological cancers so that women can get screened and diagnosed early,” says Cherish Women’s Cancer Foundation Founder, Professor Andreas Obermair. “If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please see your doctor.”

  • abnormal or persistent vaginal bleeding – for example, bleeding after menopause, bleeding that is not part of menstrual periods, or bleeding after sex
  • unusual vaginal discharge
  • pain, pressure or discomfort in the abdomen
  • weight loss
  • swelling of the abdomen
  • change in bowel or bladder habits
  • pain during sex
  • itching, burning or soreness in the pelvic region
  • lumps, sores or wart-like growths

Since its founding in 2012, Cherish Women’s Cancer Foundation has raised over $2 million to support critical research into gynaecological cancers. 

This September, which marks Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month, the nonprofit will hold its annual Cherish Challenge fundraiser. A team of dedicated individuals will climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa to raise money and awareness around these cancers that impact thousands of Australian women each year. 

“We are proud to support the research community in their efforts to find new and improved treatments for gynaecological cancers,” said Professor Obermair. “We believe that by working together, we can make a real difference in the lives of women affected by these cancers.”


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Published 1-September-2023

New Pedestrian & Cycle Underpass to be Built in Kangaroo Point

Plans have been announced to build a new pedestrian and cycling underpass passing through openings cut into both sidewalls of the Story Bridge, to link Main Street and Deakin Street in Kangaroo Point.

The underpass will form part of the larger Kangaroo Point Green Bridge project that aims to enhance active transportation options in the area.



The underpass will feature separate paths for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as an accessible viewing area. The walls of the underpass will showcase illustrative panels depicting the rich history of the Story Bridge, adding an educational element to the project.

“To deliver this new connection we have cut openings into both sidewalls of the Story Bridge, with the walls delicately removed piece by piece. We now have daylight streaming through both sides of the underpass, lighting up a space that has never previously been accessible to the public,” LM Adrian Schrinner shared.

To make way for the underpass, certain modifications will also be carried out, including the relocation of utility services, floor drainage, surface levelling, and the installation of a partition wall to separate the existing council depot. It is crucial to note that the underpass will be created without compromising the integrity of the Story Bridge structure.

Kangaroo Point underpass
Photo Credit: BCC

“This underpass is a critical project that will connect the Kangaroo Pointt Green Bridge landing at Scott Street to the wider active transport network in Kangaroo Point and the eastern suburbs,” LM Schrinner said. “It also represents a connection between Brisbane’s most iconic landmark of the last century and the future world-class landmark linking the city centre and Kangaroo Point Peninsula.”

Photo Credit: BCC

The underpass is expected to significantly improve pedestrian, cycling, and e-mobility movements in the area. The council’s planners and engineers have identified the gap in the bridge as an ideal location for the new link, ensuring a convenient and accessible connection for residents and visitors alike.

The importance of sustainable construction practices was further highlighted in the proposed project, with approximately 95% of the concrete sections removed from the bridge to be recycled and repurposed within other areas of the city, reducing waste and promoting environmental stewardship.

Kangaroo Point Underpass
Photo Credit: BCC

“With the Olympics and Paralympic Games on the horizon, there is a need for a convenient ongoing connection that would be able to link walkers and riders heading from The Gabba to the CBD,” he added.

The underpass is projected to become a popular route, with an estimated 2,800 daily trips expected to pass through it by 2041. This will provide a much-needed alternative to the existing underpass at Thornton Street, which is not accessible due to the presence of stairs.



The underpass project is currently in the planning phase, with detailed information and images available on the Brisbane City Council website for interested individuals to review and provide feedback.

Published 13-June-2023

Will the Story Bridge Fly the Aboriginal Flags Permanently?

An online petition is calling for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags to be permanently displayed on the Story Bridge. Currently, only the Australian Flag and Queensland Flag fly on the bridge.



The controversial petition, which runs until 15 November 2022, has attracted more than two thousand supporters.

“Only the Australian Flag and Queensland Flag currently fly on the Story Bridge. It is time for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags to be proudly displayed on the bridge. That Council installs the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags on the Story Bridge,” the petition initiated by Morningside Ward Councillor Kara Cook said.

Upon launching in September, the e-petition quickly gained traction, collecting more than 200 signatures within two hours and more than 800 signatures the next day.

Indigenous leaders, such as Queensland Treaty Advancement Committee co-chair Mick Gooda and Commissioner for the Queensland Family and Child Commission Natalie Lewis, have also expressed support for the petition.

The petition comes after the NSW and Victorian governments began hoisting the Aboriginal Flag. 

The Australian aboriginal flag flying in Victoria Square, Adelaide, South Australia
Photo Credit: Peripitus, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0> / Wikimedia Commons

In early July, the Victorian Government announced that the Aboriginal flag will permanently fly above the West Gate Bridge. Since 2019, the flag has been appearing on the West Gate Bridge on a rotational basis during Reconciliation and NAIDOC weeks. 

Five years ago, a petition was launched to ask the Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews for the flag to fly on the West Gate Bridge, joining the Australian and Victorian flags. Almost 6,000 people signed the petition.



 Aboriginal Flag
Photo Credit: SuperJew, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0> / Wikimedia Commons

It didn’t take long for NSW to follow suit. Beginning 11 July 2022, the Aboriginal flag became a permanent feature of the Sydney Harbour Bridge alongside the Australian and the NSW State flags. The announcement was made in time for the conclusion of NAIDOC Week 2022. 

In 2020, indigenous activist Cheree Toka from Kamilaroi launched a petition to fly the Aboriginal flag over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, 365 days a year. More than 177,000 supported the campaign.

Story Bridge Restoration Project in Kangaroo Point to take More than 10 Years

The budget and timeline for the ongoing restoration of the Story Bridge in Kangaroo Point have expanded from $80 million to $120 million and from five years to more than 10 years. 



Infrastructure chairman Councillor Andrew Wines confirmed in a radio interview that work on the restoration is ongoing around the hotel. Whilst initially pegged as a small-scale painting project, Council made the changes to ensure that the bridge will remain safe for the public’s use for decades. 

“This will be a 10-year process. The really extensive and difficult part comes after, which is the structure over the water,” Mr Wines said.

“This is the most important and iconic piece of engineering in the city and we want to make sure that this last the distance. I consider this [project] expensive but also necessary.”

Photo Credit: Kgbo, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

The restoration project will now include strengthening and repairs, upgrades of the footpaths, re-coating of the steel beams, installation of a scaffolding (access) system including a specialised containment system that will work to protect the people from the lead paint of the old bridge, recoating of steel members (blasting and painting), and concrete repair and strengthening works. 

“At the moment we are working underneath the bride and on the pillars to work on the metal surfaces of the structure itself, to strip them back, clean them, repair them if necessary and then repaint them.” 

Story Bridge is 82 years old. Its full repainting job was announced more than three years ago.

The ongoing work is being delivered in a number of stages, with two stages on the southern approach to minimise impacts on the local community and all bridge users. Stage 1, which started in July 2020, is expected to be completed in June 2022. Stage 2, which started in August 2021, is going to move forward along Holman Street this June and will be completed by 2024. 



Per the Council: “A site compound has been established in Captain Burke Park directly beneath the Story Bridge, between the bridge piers. This area has been fenced, with the rest of the park available to the community. This compound will be used as a lay-down area to store equipment and materials for the restoration project and other upcoming maintenance projects planned for the bridge.”

New Building Proposed Near Two Heritage Sites in Kangaroo Point

A developer has submitted plans to build a contemporary, five-storey commercial building for 180 Main Street. The site is located near two heritage sites in Kangaroo Point — Carroll House and the Story Bridge.


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Plans (A005764320) lodged by Crete Investments Qld Pty Ltd ATF Raptis Property Trust No.2 indicates that the ground floor will be used to accommodate bar and centre activities whilst the remaining levels would be dedicated to commercial spaces.

The subject site is around 1.2 km away from the Story Bridge and a stone’s throw to a row of 1870s shops known collectively as “Carroll House.”


Highlights

  • The subject site is near two heritage-listed sites: the Carroll House and the famous Story Bridge
  • The five-storey building will house a cafe/bar and commercial spaces
  • Proposed development is for a 662sq m site at 180 Main Street at Kangaroo Point

Aerial view of the subject location (Photo credit: developmenti.brisbane.qld.gov.au
Carroll House (Photo credit: heritage.brisbane.qld.gov.au

Carroll House has continued to operate on this corner block for more than 130 years. Between 1878 and 1930, it operated as a general store, a butcher’s shop, and a grocer’s shop, most likely with the owners or lessees living in the residences above. In the 1930s, the shop underwent some alterations which still characterise much of the present facade.

According to the pre-lodgement minutes held in December 2020, the initial plans were not sympathetic enough to the heritage-listed Carroll House.

However, a report prepared by VAULT Heritage Consulting states that the development will not generate any adverse impacts on the cultural heritage significance attributed to either this locally significant, Colonial era commercial / residential complex of buildings or the iconic piece of transport infrastructure extant on the sites adjoining the subject site.

Story Bridge (Photo credit: Kgbo/Wikimedia Commons)

Designed by Jackson Teece, the building would have two basement levels, a ground floor cafe or bar and retail tenancy, and four floors of commercial space. The elevation would be similar to that of Story Bridge and another adjacent property. 

Architectural renderings prepared by Jackson Teece for the applicant (Photo credit: developmenti.brisbane.qld.gov.au

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“It is suggested that this redevelopment proposal for the subject site should be favourably reviewed by Council in relation to the relevant provisions of the Heritage overlay code within City Plan 2014 and/or State code 14: Queensland heritage,” the report says.

Currently, vehicular access to the subject site is provided through the existing access points, with one being located on Wharf Street and one on Main Street. The proposed  development seeks to remove the existing crossovers and establish one new crossover on Wharf Street. The basement levels would also accommodate 23 car parking spaces, five motorbike spaces, and five bike spaces that would be accessible by the new crossover.

Story Bridge Adventure Climb Proposes New North Peak Route

Fancy an unforgettable climb up the northern peak of the Story Bridge, hanging 74 metres in the air above the Brisbane River? Check out the Story Bridge Adventure Climb!

Though the Story Bridge Adventure Climb was first opened to the public in 2005, this iconic Kangaroo Point tourist attraction remains as active as ever almost two decades later. As one of only three bridge climbs in the world, daredevils and thrill-seekers have flocked from inside Brisbane and out to experience the climb themselves. In fact, plans have been drawn to expand the facilities available at Story Bridge.

With this latest proposal, Story Bridge Adventure Climb intends to provide tourists and visitors with a wider range of activities and climbs to meet the demand brought about by the rapid growth of tourism in Brisbane — one of which includes a new route for adventurers to take. 



A Development Application has already been submitted to the Brisbane City Council to create a second “north peak” route that co-exists with the current route available for daring thrill-seekers to climb. The proposal hopes to implement a viewing deck and a swing out to the Story Bridge.

The north peak route is set to run from Howard Smith Wharves all the way to the northern peak of the bridge, meaning the journey up the route would take an hour and a total of 550 steps to complete. It is expected that there is enough room for up to 14 climbers will be able to take on the route at any given time.

To book a trip up the Story Bridge in State Route 15, or to simply learn more about the Story Bridge Adventure Climb, check out their website. Follow them on their social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates. 

Story Bridge Now Offers World Exclusive Thrill-Seeker Activities

A world-exclusive climbing adventure is now yours to experience with the launch of two new thrill-seeker activities at the iconic Story Bridge this January 2020.

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones has announced that XBrisbane, the company that operates the bridge walks, is now offering the Walk the Plank and Cantilever adventure experiences. 

Walk the Plank,  XBrisbane principal John Sharpe described, is a one-metre plank that offers thrill seekers a “heart-stopping chance to walk out over the traffic 40 metres below.” The Cantilever, on the other hand, offers an experience of “weightless feeling of falling whilst being totally safe in a harness-and-suspension safety system.”

These offerings are just the start of more attractions to be offered soon to those looking for additional thrills at the Story Bridge.

“New experiences will grow our tourism industry and create local jobs. These new attractions will position the Story Bridge as Australia’s number one bridge adventure precinct,” Ms Jones said.

Story Bridge Now Offers World Exclusive Thrill Seeker Activities
Photo credit: Story Bridge Adventure Climb / storybridgeadventureclimb.com.au

Ms Jones added that the new attractions at the Story Bridge aim to attract an extra 45,800 tourists a year and generate an extra $3 million for local businesses. The State Government recently confirmed it will provide funding to support new attractions on the Story Bridge through its $36 million Growing Tourism Infrastructure fund.

Mr Sharpe said that the Sydney Harbour Bridge is “tired and old – their offering hasn’t changed in decades.” This major upgrade, he said, will make sure that thrill-seekers around the world will have the Story Bridge at the forefront of their mind.

“These adventure activities are not for the faint-hearted, but any true Queenslander will want to give it a crack,” he said.

Story Bridge Now Offers World Exclusive Thrill Seeker Activities
Photo credit: Story Bridge Adventure Climb / Facebook

The new climb activities cost $40 each or $50 for both, in addition to the Bridge Climb fee, starting from $129. Click here to know more about the Story Bridge Adventure Climb.



Road Closure Dates for Story Bridge Announced

Due to bridge inspection works on the Story Bridge, Brisbane City Council has advised the public about the road closures on Bradfield Highway in Kangaroo Point.

Roads will be closed between Kemp Street and Shafston Avenue from 4:00 am to 10:00 am on the following dates:

  • Sunday 30 June 2019 – 2 of 3 southbound lanes 
  • Sunday 7 July 2019 – 2 of 3 northbound lanes 
  • Sunday 14 July 2019 – 2 of 3 southbound or northbound lanes 

All lanes in the opposite direction of the road closures will be maintained. Signage and traffic controllers will be in place to direct motorists. For traffic information, visit QLDTraffic.qld.gov.au or call 13 19 40.

You may also visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.



The Story Behind Brisbane’s Iconic Bridge

In a story that has spanned eight decades, Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge has helped shape the way of life of people in Queensland’s River City, particularly those in Kangaroo Point and New Farm.

The idea of constructing the bridge can be traced back to 1925 when the Cross River Commission assigned by the Greater Brisbane Council included the Story Bridge in their recommendation of major public works projects.

Before that, ferries ruled the day.

During the mid-1800s, people used horses and rowboats to ferry people or goods across the river.

In the 1860s, more ferries crossed the river and residents started to ride on steam ferry by the 1880s. The first steam ferry commenced operation between Charlotte Street and Kangaroo Point in 1883.

When the idea of a bridge was first broached, the State Government refused to fund it, finding it too expensive and frivolous.

Because of sectarian interests, the Story Bridge did not become a reality until after 10 more years.

The new Queensland Labor Government permitted the establishment of a Bridge Board in 1933 to plan a government-constructed toll bridge at Kangaroo Point.

Finally in 1935, the construction of the bridge commenced under consulting engineer Dr John Bradfield.

Dr Bradfield also designed the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the largest bridge in Australia. Evans Deakin-Hornibrook Constructions, known for their works in bridge building and enterprise, signed for the construction of the bridge.

Design and Construction

Story Bridge during construction of Stage four (Photo credit: State Library of Queensland)

The design of the bridge was inspired by the Jacques Cartier Bridge, a steel truss cantilever bridge crossing the Saint Lawrence River from Montreal Island in Montreal. Mr Bradfield, dubbed as the most likely person to handle the project based on his experience, recommended a steel cantilever bridge.

The construction of Story Bridge took five years, a year longer than what was planned due to shortage in steel. It used 12,000 tonnes of structural steel, 1,650 tonnes of reinforcing steel, 8,200 truck loads of concrete, and 1.5 million rivets.

Majority of the materials were manufactured in Brisbane, except for the steel that came all the way from Newcastle. The contract for the project cost around £1,154,000.

The bridge was considered a massive employment-generating scheme because more than 400 local residents were employed to work on site, office, and in the workshops. There were four deaths during its construction.

Sir Leslie Orme Wilson, Governor of Queensland led the opening of the bridge on 6 July 1940. The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by more than 37,000 people, equivalent to 10-percent of the entire Brisbane population at the time.

Behind the Name

Inspection of works by Bridge Board – Mr Story, Mr Brigden, Dr Bradfield, Mr Kemp and Mr Holt in 1936 (Photo credit: Queensland Government)

The bridge was first referred to as the Central Bridge during construction. Later, it became known as the Brisbane River Bridge, based on the tender documents for the project.

Before it was renamed Story Bridge, it was also known as the Jubilee Bridge for King George V. It was named after John Douglas Story, a public servant and one of the advocates of the bridge.

Story was born in Scotland and migrated to Queensland when he was a child. He worked for the establishment of the University of Queensland and was a government representative on the University senate. He was Under-Secretary for the Department of Education between 1906 and 1920.

A Heritage-Listed Bridge

In October 1992, the bridge became a part of the Queensland Heritage Register because of its significance to the Queensland community, as a symbol of Brisbane and as the largest steel bridge designed, fabricated and constructed in Australia by Australians.

Its association with the life of a particular person, namely its significance as a major work by Queensland contractors Evans, Deakin & Co. Ltd and Hornibrook Constructions Pty Ltd, was also deemed a significant aspect of its heritage listing.



Story Bridge Adventure Climb

Brisbane day climb (Photo credit: Story Bridge Adventure Climb)

Today, the bridge is more than just a vehicle and pedestrian crossing. You can now enjoy the stunning panoramic views from the top by joining the Story Bridge Adventure Climb.

It’s a journey of almost a kilometre up over the bridge’s superstructure with a viewing platform 80-metres above the Brisbane River as it flows past the city heart.

The two-and-a-half hour climbing experience is a unique way to get to know more about the history of the Story Bridge and Brisbane’s transition from a 19th century penal settlement to a 21st century metropolis.  

Story Bridge in the Present

Story Bridge at night, taken January 2019 (Photo credit: Kgbo/Wikimedia Commons)

The bridge has undergone various restoration work most of which involves stripping old paint and cleaning it, scraping and blasting off the old paint and then completely repainting the bridge the same colour.

The five-year restoration of the bridge, currently ongoing, is expected to require more than 33,000 litres of paint, at a cost of around $80 million.

To this day, it remains a vital part of everyday life in Brisbane. Not bad for an 80-year-old.