THIS time next year, Gladstone residents will be sunning themselves along the new look Flinders Parade.

The first sod has been turned on the $45 million East Shores project, which will revamp one of the city's most scenic points.

And Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal project manager for delivery Malcolm McPhan is chalking it up as a local success story.

"We see it as a great asset to the area and something future generations can take forward," Mr McPhan said.

WICET has invested $35 million in the project and Gladstone Ports Corporation has put in $10 million.

Stage 1A, which includes an abundance of green space plus the much touted water park, is contracted to Hutchinson Builders.

Project manager Jason Williams said the construction period was expected to be about 35 weeks.

"(But) we're in a big open site; if we get weather events, it will definitely be affected," he said.

"We're looking at pre-casting some areas offsite, in Gladstone, in non-weather affected facilities."

The site will be a challenge for builders due to its proximity to the water but testing has revealed the soil is better than expected.

Future stages, to include commercial buildings, have not been confirmed but with GPC chief executive Leo Zussino's contract finishing at the end of this month, he's wanting to wrap it up.

"Hopefully we'll get there but we just have to wait and see," Mr Zussino said.

"We're looking for an extra $15 million."

East Shores

  • Stage 1A expected to finish mid-2014
  • Includes family spaces and water park
  • Flinders Pde closed

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