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Brisbane River Could Be Getting a Floating Swimming Pool

This proposal could be the best use of the river yet.
By Sarah Ward
December 12, 2016
By Sarah Ward
December 12, 2016

Brisbane already boasts a 'beach' right next to the riverbank, but when it comes to getting wet and wild in the city's main body of water, it seems that we can do better. Move over South Bank, because everyone might soon be heading to Teneriffe — and to Brissie's new floating pool in the middle of the river.

As reported by Quest Newspapers and ABC News, a group of developers revamping the land at 17 Skyring Terrace plan to transform an existing wharf into a public riverside park, complete with a marina, public aquatic area and a 25-metre pool. And, as part of an idea presented to the Brisbane City Council, the latter would actually be located on a barge in the river.

Don't worry — if the local and state levels of government agree to help move some powerlines underground, meaning that the plan can go ahead, you won't actually be swimming in the city's questionable river water (phew). Basically, it's the best of both worlds: everyone would get to splash around in the river without actually getting into the river itself.

When it comes to man-made swimming spots within natural waterways, it seems that everybody's doing it, with a similar concept floated in Melbourne earlier this year. And we get it. Why wouldn't every city be jumping on the mid-river pool bandwagon, really? We're all for this idea, and we'll keep you posted on any updates.

Via Quest / ABC News. Image: Emily Davies. 

Published on December 12, 2016 by Sarah Ward

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