Logan City Council has unveiled a new concept plan that aims to unlock the tourism, recreational and economic potential of the Albert River.
The Albert River Accessibility and Connectivity Concept Plan is an 84-page roadmap that aims to deliver on opportunities identified in Council’s Albert River Vision Implementation Plan 2019-2022.
The document mirrors Council’s award-winning Logan River Accessibility and Connectivity Concept Plan and aligns with the Albert River Vision 2017-2067.
The strategic conceptual plan, funded by the Environmental Levy, identifies five distinct reaches along the 50km of the Albert River that flows through the City of Logan.
Each reach is linked to significant landmarks, along with tourism and recreational opportunities.
The Plan also examines how the river in each area relates to residential, business, rural and mixed-use activities.
It also identifies:
- Existing access points to the river, both formal and local knowledge
- Riverside park facilities and amenities
- How often those access points and amenities are used and opportunities to enhance activation
While the Plan does not commit Council to any specific actions, it will guide future planning and investment to support the delivery of the Albert River Vision.
Logan City Council Director Strategy and Sustainability, David Hansen, said the Plan was the first step in ensuring the Albert River is a focal point for local communities and visitors.
“The Plan contains exciting ideas that embrace the significant ecological value of the river along with its natural appeal and recreational opportunities,” Mr Hansen said.
“It will be a blueprint to improve existing river access and enable Logan residents and visitors to better connect with the river and each other.”
Concept ideas include establishing an Albert River Tourism Precinct which would feature Albert River Park, the Beenleigh Artisan Distillery and the Distillery Road Markets (incorporating Zarraffa’s Coffee headquarters).
It also explores potential for river ferries, tour boats and recreational boating.
Additional opportunities for fishing, bird-watching, hiking, cycling, kayaking, camping and 4WD activity will also be investigated.
Implementation the Albert River Accessibility and Connectivity Concept Plan will involve community consultation as projects are considered and prioritised.