Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) is progressing with its vision to extend the community’s foreshore access through the construction of East Shores Stage 1B.  

GPC Acting Chief Executive Officer, Craig Walker said he was excited to announce the East Shores Stage 1B Project was off and running and the community can now see progress, with upgraded access via Flinders parade and new carparks already well underway.  

“The East Shores Stage 1B project included a number of components, including the parklands, cruise terminal, and marine facilities, all of which went out to tender earlier this year,” Mr Walker said. “We are currently working with a preferred contractor to finalise details for the new parklands and cruise terminal and anticipate eleven (11) local sub-contracting companies to be involved with the project. A priority within GPC’s Procurement Plan is to support local business where possible and I’m pleased to say that we expect a majority of sub-contractors to be local. 

Mr Walker said the marine works is currently being reconsidered as it would not be prudent to commit to the extraordinary cost, safety concerns and impact on competing facilities within the region. 

GPC Chairman, Mr Peter Corones AM, said the precinct will offer world-class facilities not only for visitors but our whole community. 

Road closures along Flinders Parade commenced earlier this year, signalling the start of preparatory works for the project. The new East Shores stage 1B parklands construction is expected to start in May 2019 and is planned to be opened to the public prior to Easter 2020. Tenders for the cafe at East Shores 1B will open in the coming months via the QTenders website.  

The community can keep up to date with the progress of the project via the GPC website and new signage at the entrance to the area