01 Nov Elevating Gladstone’s Waterfront Wonder
Locals are in for a special Christmas treat as Stage 1 of the Auckland Hill project is set to open to the public this December, thanks to the Australian, Queensland and local governments working together with Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) in order to bring this project to life.
This project is jointly funded by the Australian Government under the Regional Recovery Partnerships ($5 million), and Gladstone Ports Corporation on behalf of the Queensland Government ($5 million).
This project supports existing plans and priorities within the regions while seeking to broker connections between all levels of government to increase information flow, share technical expertise and strengthen regional development outcomes.
Stage 1 includes two viewing platforms as well as four electric barbeques and three water bubblers. Work is on track with completion of Stage 1 expected by Christmas. The public will be able to access Stage 1 via the stairway from East Shores until the road is re-opened when Stage 2 is completed. GPC has been working around the clock on Stage 2 since July including bulk earthworks, pouring the slab on the kiosk and decommissioning the old viewing platform.
Once complete, the revamped Auckland Hill will feature a modern viewing lookout, increased accessibility and walkways, landscaped community spaces, revitalised infrastructure and facilities for the community and additional car parking.
Craig Haymes, CEO of GPC, has expressed his insights regarding the project.
“Within just four months, the area has transformed with the foundation laid for Stage 2, it is really exciting seeing it coming to life,” said Mr Haymes.
“The redevelopment will not only create a popular tourism location to attract visitors but will instil pride in our community and the social infrastructure we have to offer.”
Gladstone Regional Council Mayor, Matt Burnett has also shared his thoughts on this initiative.
”The East Shores precinct has undergone rapid transformation since 2014, winning awards and putting us on the map for some of the best waterfront parklands in the region,” Councillor Burnett said.
“We are looking forward to the official opening this Christmas which we know will be a welcome addition to the many parklands and community spaces across the Gladstone Region.”
Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing, as well as Minister for Water, Glenn Butcher, has shared his perspectives on the project.
“The East Shores development has been a game changer and now this upgrade to Auckland Hill will add the next step in our amazing foreshore development,” said Mr Butcher.
“As Gladstone continues to grow, it’s great to see the liveability of our city expanding with it.”