Gladstone Ports Corporation’s East Shores Precinct has been awarded the Parks and Leisure Australia National Award of Excellence in the ‘Parks & Open Space – Development’ category.

GPC Parks & Recreation Superintendent, Graham Gambie received the award on behalf of GPC during the Parks and Leisure Australia national conference held in Adelaide this week.

GPC’s East Shores Precinct, located on Flinders Parade alongside Auckland Inlet, is an exciting destination for the Gladstone region that showcases Gladstone Harbour and its proud maritime history.

“GPC is very conscious that its operations take place within a major regional city and is focused on investing in key pieces of social infrastructure, which is why GPC partnered with Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) to deliver the $42 million waterfront recreational precinct in Gladstone,” GPC People & Community General Manager, Rowen Winsor said.

The community parkland has been designed to reflect a sustainable industrial city and generate local pride for the people of Gladstone, whilst demonstrating the contribution and commitment to Community from Gladstone’s coal exporters.

The success of the project hinged on several major factors prior to master planning, including structural elements such as a wet dock for the retired Australian Navy vessel, HMAS Gladstone II, to berth.

GPC aimed to deliver leading sustainability initiatives, and challenged the design team to identify best practice approaches, particularly around the efficient use of water and energy efficient lighting.

The precinct also features impressive public artworks including the Aqua Linear designed by artists James Watts and Ricky Smith featuring two striking sculptures comprised of recycled railway sleepers, powder coated aluminium sheeting and LED lighting, and the Sentinel, designed by artist Simone Eisler, which is the centrepiece of the precinct’s water play park and represents the balance of environment and industry in Gladstone.

The East Shores Precinct has won a string of other industry awards including the CQ Project of the Year, the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) Award of Excellence for Urban Design, the Panning Institute of Australia (PIA) ‘Great Place’ Award, and the Parks and Leisure Australia Queensland Award of Excellence in the ‘Parks & Open Space – Development’ category.

GPC acknowledges the financial contribution made by WICET towards Stage 1A of the East Shores development, and is currently exploring funding opportunities to finance Stage 1B of the precinct.