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Water flows again at three iconic Brisbane fountains

Friday, 11 December 2015

Water flows again at three iconic Brisbane fountains
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has today unveiled the completed restoration of three iconic Brisbane CBD fountains, officially turning the tap back on at the water features that have been dry since at least the early 2000s.

Cr Quirk said he had invested $2.2 million to get water flowing again at sites around Brisbane’s CBD, with fountains at Emma Miller Place, EE McCormick Place and Mooney Memorial Plaza renewed, and a brand new fountain in the inner city to be constructed.

“This new fountain will be located in the Brisbane River and will be named in honour of prolific Brisbane artist Daphne Mayo, who is associated with key cultural icons including the tympanum atop City Hall and the Queensland Women’s War Memorial in Anzac Square,” Cr Quirk said.

“Daphne was a passionate promoter of art in Queensland and was known for her role in securing long term financial support for the Queensland Art Gallery and Council’s Randall Art Collection.

Cr Quirk said all four fountains would add movement and vibrancy to areas in the CBD and be fully sustainable, in line with Brisbane’s recognition as Australia’s Most Sustainable City.

“Brisbane’s fountains and water features were turned off in the early 2000s due to severe drought facing the city, but now these three fountains have been retro-fitted with water storage and recycling devices to preserve water, so they won’t be impacted if Brisbane experiences droughts in the future,” he said.

“Each of these fountains also now includes unique lighting displays, allowing the fountains to be enjoyed day and night in these busy inner city locations.”

Works at the E.E McCormick Place fountain included installing a central water jet and a series of smaller fan jets, maintenance of the sculpture and replacing the concrete pavement of the water pool.

The Mooney Memorial fountain revitalisation included restoring the lower façade and stonework, reconnecting water spout and installing a water recirculation system to minimise water use.

Restoration of the Emma Miller Place fountain, which has never previously been operational, included work on the water pump system, upgrading the water filtration system, installing recycling, and installing new lighting.

For more information on the City Fountains Renewal project, visit or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.
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