Big Changes Planned For Manly Boat Harbour; New Ideas Sought

Photo Credit: Manly Boat Harbour/Facebook

Australia’s largest boat harbour is up for some big changes and the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), which owns and operates the facility, opened an online forum where Brisbane residents may share their ideas for improvements before the redevelopment begins. 

Locals may post their thoughts on what they want to see improved at the Manly Boat Harbor via the Ideas Wall. TMR is also taking a survey to hear the inputs from residents.  

“We want to better understand what the community values about the Manly Boat Harbour, how the community currently uses the Manly Boat Harbour, and ideas about how the community could use it in the future,” TMR stated on the survey’s website. 

Photo Credit: Julianne Davies/Manly Boat Harbour/Facebook

Some of the ideas, so far, include upgrading and modernising the Wynnum wading pool, the rock wall area, and Wilson’s Boathouse. Residents also want a bigger green space for dining and entertaining, as well as better lighting along the esplanade, more bins for rubbish collection, and police patrol. 

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“Create an outrigger, kayak, canoe, kite surfing, windsurfing, SUP area to the right side of RQYS. Right now it’s just a road with minimal parking and no facilities. It could be turned into a beautiful day-use area for picnics with showers, cafes,” a resident shared. 

“With international travel drying up and with domestic travel playing such a critical role in the economic recovery, there has never been a better time to invest in the entire Wynnum manly esplanade. State govt/ BCC has never truly appreciated the tourism opportunity Wynnum manly presents. It’s both a destination in itself and a gateway to the islands and our bay,” another local said.

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State Member Joan Pease said the inputs from the locals and stakeholders will be “used to inform and guide future planning.” 

The online forum will be open until Friday, 14 August 2020.