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Yes, East Shores will have cafe... in stage two

Joey, 18 months, was the first to jump in the water play area (with dad Daniel Green) at the new East Shores development.
Joey, 18 months, was the first to jump in the water play area (with dad Daniel Green) at the new East Shores development. Mara Pattison-Sowden

A PARK for Gladstone was the idea behind the $42 million East Shores precinct, and it's now open for all to enjoy.

While those responsible were keen to see the community enjoy the first stage, which took 15 months to complete, the question on everyone's lips has been - but what about a café?

Well, don't despair, the port's chief said an eatery would be part of the second stage, along with an interpretive centre, which requires funding to complete.

Gladstone Ports Corporation CEO Craig Doyle said many people had shown interest in occupying the cafe space.

"In the meantime we're looking at perhaps having some mobile food vans," he said.

"But for now we just want everyone to enjoy it."

The "gates" to the world-class, recreational waterfront of the Gladstone Coal Exporters Maritime Precinct were opened yesterday by Mr Doyle and Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal CEO Robert Barnes.

WICET contributed $35 million towards the project while GPC contributed a further $7 million and the site.

Families, international visitors and the odd jogger were among the first to experience and enjoy the new Gladstone Coal Exporters Maritime Precinct at East Shores.

Not more than an hour after opening at 8am there were at least 50 people wandering along the boardwalk, past the Rotary Waterfall and - for the littlies - through the water play area.

Daniel Green took his 18-month-old Joey to run around in the water park.

"We thought we'd get down here before anyone else did," he said. "He's just loving it."

Las Vegas couple Linda and Wayne Fong were excited to be the first international visitors.

"We've been in Australia for three weeks and we just love the people here," Linda said.

"This will be brilliant for the children."

Nerida Bartlett took her children down to the park to check it out.

"We're about to fly out for holidays so we thought we'd sneak in for a peek before we head off," she said.

Topics:  east shores, gladstone marina, gladstone ports corporation, wicet



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