Just two months after the Brisbane City Council approved its own development application, the Mount Coot-tha zip-line is officially dead. Brisbane’s new lord mayor Adrian Schrinner terminated the project yesterday after months of public protests and community pressure, the Brisbane Times reports.
The $1.14 million zip-line would have included six lines travelling more than a kilometre from the summit lookout to the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, a 1.5-kilometre treetop canopy tour and a 335-metre suspension bridge “skywalk”. The project was to also include a guided Indigenous history walk. The entire project was part of an $11 million Mount Coot-tha upgrade spruiked by the LNP before the last council election.
The zip-line was given an official go-ahead by Brisbane City Council in early February despite 90 per cent of more than 3600 public consultation submissions being against the project. Last month the zip-line became the subject of a court appeal over the approved development application.
Schrinner made addressing the project a priority this week after stepping into the role of lord mayor. He announced last night that the council was withdrawing its support of the project.
“Since becoming lord mayor, I’ve read many of the submissions and received a briefing from the CEO that shows council’s initial $1 million investment in this project could double as a result of legal fees from the court appeal,” he is quoted in the Times as saying.
“Council has advised [project contractor] Zipline Australia that we will be withdrawing our support for the project including any objection to the legal appeal before the Planning and Environment Court.
“I’ve made it clear that I am going to be a champion for our precious green spaces and this is proof that I’m 100 per cent serious.”