Barney Point redevelopment project set to start in March

WORK on the Barney Point Park Redevelopment Project is expected to start next month.

Gladstone Regional Council is seeking tenders for the major park redevelopment project with a tentative construction start date of March 24, depending on the weather.

The redevelopment project will include general upgrades to the park including the installation of new park furniture and barbecue facilities, additional landscaping, revised carpark layouts, construction of beach access ramps and new pathways.

Parks and recreation portfolio spokesman Graham McDonald said the upgrades would enhance the park's appearance and add to its relaxed, coastal feel.

Cr McDonald said while the park had existing facilities such as toilet blocks, playgrounds, shelters, picnic settings, lighting, beach showers and footpath networks, most of it was aged and showing signs of deterioration.

"The upgrades will improve safety and access to the facilities, enabling future generations to continue to enjoy this city coastal park," Cr McDonald said.

"A great deal of community consultation was involved with preparation of the project's landscape concept plan, with representatives from key community and interest groups, the State Government landowner and council involved."

Public consultation was undertaken by the council between December 2012 and January 2013, with community feedback showing the majority of respondents were in support of the proposed redevelopment.

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