Designs have been revealed by the Brisbane City Council for a series of new mooring facilities on the river, worth $18 million.

The designs that have been released so far are for the City Botanic Gardens and New Farm Park. These will be the first of 10 sites across Brisbane to receive new docking hubs to provide tourist, private and commercial short-term moorings in the inner city.

The public moorings were first presented in the Brisbane City Council’s 2017–18 budget, the idea being to open up the river to more casual cruising and water-taxi services, with the wider view of increasing tourist accessibility to Moreton Bay and Moreton Island.

The City Botanic Gardens and New Farm docks will be followed by facilities in West End and two extra moorings at South Bank. “These will be complemented by five river lifestyle hubs in the suburban reaches of the Brisbane River, including at Dutton Park,” Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said in a press release.

The initial designs show each mooring has space for up to 15 vessels at any one time, ranging from kayaks right through to tour boats. The New Farm facility will be placed next to the Powerhouse; the City Botanic Gardens mooring will be at the greenway’s north-eastern corner, where Edward Street turns into Alice Street.