Work on above-ground facilities to start at East Shores

THE landscape at Auckland Inlet is changing as work starts on the East Shores redevelopment.

Contractors for stage one of the $45 million Gladstone Coal Exporters Maritime Precinct, Hutchinson Builders, will soon begin constructing the above-ground facilities and landscaping the new parklands.

The area near Flinders Parade will be transformed.

Impressive water-based features, art installations, barbecues, plenty of grassed areas, a boardwalk, viewing platform, and an improved walkway to Auckland Hill will be constructed.

Stage one of the project involves the relocation of historical artefacts from Gladstone's Maritime Museum.

These items include navigational buoys, anchors and bollards from the old Auckland Point Wharf.

The Sea Hill lighthouse, which was once located at the north end of Curtis Island, will be relocated to the new precinct and positioned at the end of the boardwalk.

The world-class waterfront precinct is being delivered by Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal, which has contributed $35million.

The Gladstone Ports Corporation has contributed a further $10million and will operate the precinct once completed.

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