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Deepwater Bend has been a traditional fishing spot on the Pine River for years and defines the northern limit of the City of Brisbane. It has now been incorporated into a large environmental park, Tinchi Tamba, which has abundant birdlife as it comprises fish breeding habitat and wetlands. Tinchi Tamba has new walking trails, boardwalks and a birdhide but the fishermen were not forgotten.
While launching facilities for small dinghies are part of the future plan, a need was there to satisfy fishermen who preferred a solid grip on "terra firma". As a result, three timber wharves up to 30 metres long were designed to hug the shoreline while projecting into the river sufficiently to reduce snagging on the rocky riverbank.
Tall shelters enable anglers to retreat from the noonday sun and chunky shaped handrails make a comfortable rest while waiting for that big fish to take the bait. The pier is extra wide so walkers can confidently pass fishing tackle without becoming hooked.
Decking is wide profile spotted gum and this suits both the scale and purpose of the wharf. Double treated Koppers hardwood piles serve a dual duty anchoring the steep bank to the more stable layers beneath.
Customer: Brisbane City Council: Health and Recreation Department, Parks District North
Concepts: Initiated by Susan Stewart
Engineer: James Pierce & Associates
Completed: Stage 1 April 1997, Stage 2, October 1997