After five years of lane closures, dust and delays, Kingsford Smith Drive is finally upgraded and open.

The new and improved road boasts six lanes, dropping travel times by around 60 seconds.

There’s also a new river walk and cycleway with the entire project costing around $635 million.

Construction on Kingsford Smith Drive Upgrade

The Lord Mayor claims that’s under budget by $15 million.

Council Opposition Leader Jared Cassidy says that money is just the leftovers from an enormous contingency fund.

Nevertheless, the Lord Mayor is handing the $15 million to ratepayers in the form of a one-off $29 rebate on your next rates bill.

But Labor says a much better way to spend the savings would be to reinstate Kerbside Collection.

“$29 won’t go far in a household, but what will go far is two and a half years of Kerbside Collection,” Cr Cassidy said.

“The Lord Mayor scrapped the community service to save $6.5 million a year, and now he’s got the money to reinstate it for almost three years,”

“It’s going to cost residents a lot more than $29 to hire a ute or trailer and take their rubbish to the tip.”

To find out what residents prefer, BrisbaneNow is running an online Facebook poll.

Would you prefer a one-off $29 rates rebate or for Brisbane City Council to bring back Kerbside Collection?

Click HERE to have your say.


  1. Kerbside collection our suburbs would look a lot nicer with the rubbish gone from people’s yards now its just piling up

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