Final Neville Bonner Bridge Design Unveiled

Artist's impression of the finalised design for Neville Bonner Bridge
Artist's impression of the finalised design for the Neville Bonner Bridge

The contract to build Brisbane’s new inner-city Neville Bonner Bridge pedestrian bridge from Queen’s Wharf to South Brisbane will soon be released, Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones has announced.

Ms Jones said around 100 labourers, engineers, designers and other workers will work on the bridge – named in honour of Australia’s first Indigenous parliamentarian.

The bridge itself will cost the consortia around $100 million and is part of the original scope of works of Queen’s Wharf.

“Once the tender is awarded, the contractor will recruit the next wave of labourers to work on this historic project.

“Queen’s Wharf will change the face of Brisbane – creating more than 8000 jobs in Brisbane’s CBD over the next 10 years.

“Today’s announcement is the next major milestone for this project and a great coup for Brisbane.”

The new bridge is part of the $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development and will link both sides of the Brisbane River.

Evolution of Neville Bonner Bridge design
Evolution of Neville Bonner Bridge design

“The Neville Bonner Bridge will be the pivotal link between South Bank and Queen’s Wharf – with 50 new restaurants and bars and a world class-retail hub.”

Senator Bonner was the first Indigenous Australian to become a member of the Commonwealth Parliament. He was initially appointed to fill a casual Senate vacancy in 1971 and serviced until 1983. In 1979 he was named Australian of the Year.

Proposed schematic design phase 1
Proposed schematic design phase 1

“We thank Destination Brisbane Consortium for its continued engagement with Traditional Owners and especially with the Bonner family to honour their late grandfather and granduncle,” Ms Jones said.


  1. NO! Destroying views. Destroying Historic Trees. Destroying Brisbane. Providing only a link for gambler from their casino to the theater.

  2. Wow. Kinda cool, but why there?
    I like the first design it was way better than the other two. More aesthetically pleasing. Can’t wait for the construction to finally be finished 😄😄

    • I agree! The first design does look aesthetically pleasing but we already have enough ped bridges, it would be better if they make a tunnel

  3. Look, Brisbane is a city of bridges, it always will be. We need to connect our city in such a way that promotes pedestrianisation and cycling connectivity. I would go as far to say to say that this proposal is just the start of great idea. We will see at least 6 new pedestrian / cycling bridges built over the river in the next 20 years.. Do I, as a Brisbane, have an issue with that? By golly, no I do not. We need to wake up to the reality of the age and realise that we need to be more centric in our urban planning, realising that Brisbane is extremely expansive and will continue to do so without a green belt policy put in place. Without that policy, we are in a tricky place – in my opinion!


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