Flood-hit Australian city launches ferry terminal design contest

Sat Apr 30, 2011 12:52am EDT
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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's third-largest city will run an international competition for a "cutting-edge" design to replace ferry terminals lost during devastating floods earlier this year, government officials said on Saturday.

Brisbane's landmark ferry terminals were destroyed in floods that inundated the city and much of northeastern Queensland state in January. A total of A$145 million ($158 million) in government funding has been committed to rebuild the eight terminals, together with a riverside walkway, the state and federal governments said in a joint statement.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said it was an "opportunity to put a unique stamp on our city," while Treasurer Wayne Swan said invitations would be opened to designers and architects from around the world. The winner will become consulting architect on the project.

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<p>The damaged Moggill ferry sits in flood waters near broken power transmission lines west of Brisbane January 13, 2011. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne</p>