East Shores 1B Opens!

East Shores 1B Opens!

The multi-award-winning East Shores precinct has just become more exciting for locals and visitors alike, with Gladstone Ports Corporation’s (GPC) stage 1B officially opening on Monday, August 24.

The Gladstone community will be spoilt for choice with the extended waterfront parkland providing more green space to play, relax and enjoy.

Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and local member for Gladstone, Glenn Butcher said with 28 local businesses were engaged to deliver the parkland and it is fantastic to reflect on the fact that the parkland was delivered by members of the local community.

“The new parkland will continue to create employment prospects with over 50 new local jobs created through the waterfront café, Auckland House and ongoing parkland maintenance.” Mr Butcher said.

Excitement has been brewing for the opening of East Shores 1B since GPC announced Light Group as the successful tenderer to operate the new waterfront café Auckland House in March.

GPC Acting CEO Craig Walker said he was delighted to have a local Central Queensland business operate the café, with their unique and innovative proposal further adding to the parkland’s appeal.

“Set just meters from the harbour’s edge, Auckland House will offer spectacular views of the Gladstone Harbour and surrounding parklands,” Mr Walker said.

The parkland features a waterfront café, multi-use cruise ship passenger terminal, boot camp facilities, big-screen outdoor theatre, amphitheatre, basketball hoops and additional barbeque facilities.

Hutchinson Builders helped deliver the multi-award-winning East Shores 1A precinct to the community in 2014 and partnered yet again with GPC to deliver 1B – winning the tender in late 2019.

GPC hopes the latest addition to the already pristine and well-loved parklands will provide yet another space to make memories, enjoy all that our region has to offer and create the important connection between port and community.