Brisbane’s 74-year-old Story Bridge will be hired out for the first time in its history, but not for profit-orientated events.
Brisbane’s Story Bridge will only be rented out for community and charity events, with corporations looking to profit from parties on the landmark having to look elsewhere.
The 74-year-old bridge is presently only shut down for the annual Riverfire fireworks extravaganza.
But Brisbane City Council has announced the bridge will closed to traffic on another three occasions during the year.
Brisbane’s deputy mayor Adrian Schrinner says this could include fun runs or large dinner parties that raise money for good causes or involve mass public participation.
“The aim is to support events that support charity, essentially,” he told reporters on Monday.
“If someone is seeking to raise profit from this event for a corporate purpose, then it’s not something we would consider.”
Groups can now apply to hire the bridge for a fee of $50,000 to cover the costs of diverting traffic during a six-hour closure.
Mr Schrinner said the council and state government had received many approaches to close down the bridge in previous years, with a panel now in place to consider requests.
“Often, these events will be on the weekends or in the evenings,” he said.
But he said the panel deciding possible bridge closures, which includes the Queensland police, was not particularly worried about terrorist threats.
“That hasn’t been a consideration in terms of this panel,” he said.
“Any type of event, community safety is taken into account.”