Logan City Council releases plan to boost tourism and recreation on Albert River

POTENTIAL: The Albert River at Luscombe Weir.
POTENTIAL: The Albert River at Luscombe Weir.

A PUBLIC ferry service connecting future tourist destinations like the Eagleby Wetlands and an artisan distillery and cafe is among the concepts which could be explored with the release of a Logan City Council plan for the Albert River.

The 84-page concept plan - which aims to unlock the river's tourism, recreational and economic potential - identifies five reaches along the 50 kilometre stretch of river that flows through Logan.

Each reach is linked to significant landmarks, along with tourism and recreational opportunities.

Concept ideas include establishing an Albert River Tourism Precinct which would feature Albert River Park, the Beenleigh Artisan Distillery and the Distillery Road Markets, incorporating the Zarraffa's Coffee headquarters.

It also explores potential for river ferries, tour boats and recreational boating.

Additional opportunities for fishing, bird-watching, hiking, cycling, kayaking, camping and 4WD activity will also be investigated.

The plan also examines how the river in each area relates to residential, business, rural and mixed-use activities.

It identifies access points to the river, riverside parks and amenities and opportunities to enhance them.

While the plan does not commit council to any specific actions, it will guide future planning and investment.

Council's director of strategy and sustainability David Hansen said the plan was the first step in ensuring the Albert River was a focal point for local communities and visitors.

"The plan contains exciting ideas that embrace the significant ecological value of the river along with its natural appeal and recreational opportunities," Mr Hansen said.

"It will be a blueprint to improve existing river access and enable Logan residents and visitors to better connect with the river and each other."

Community consultation will take place as projects are considered.

The plan was funded by the Environmental Levy.