PHOTOS: East Shores precinct takes top industry prize
EAST Shores is the talk of the town planning industry this month after its design team took out a national award for planning excellence.
The precinct beat out five other nominees in the 'Great Place' category, and, as the winner of the State Awards last year, was the only project representing Queensland.
The accolades will be shared by Gladstone Ports Corporation, managers of the East Shores construction, and Brisbane planners Urbis, which master planned the area including landscaping design.
The award is the latest feather in East Shores' cap with the project also winning the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects awards last year.
And there could be more awards on the way.
The next stage of East Shores, likely to include an outdoor amphitheatre and new ports interpretive centre, is set go ahead as soon as funding has been confirmed by the State Government.
That won't be revealed until after the state government releases its next budget expected in June, but the project was on Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher's wish list during talks with the treasurer.
The cost is yet to be confirmed but is estimated to be more than $20 million.
The Phillip St precinct, now known as the Integrated Health Precinct, funding for a new hospital and a high school at Calliope were the other items on Mr Butcher's list.