WORLD-CLASS PRECINCT: GPC Port Planning and Development general manager Gary Carter and WICET chief project officer Bryce Jones were on hand for the concrete pour at the water play park.
WORLD-CLASS PRECINCT: GPC Port Planning and Development general manager Gary Carter and WICET chief project officer Bryce Jones were on hand for the concrete pour at the water play park. Contributed

East Shores takes shape with park concrete pour

A MAJOR drawcard for the new $42 million East Shores redevelopment is quickly taking shape.

The concrete pour for the state-of-the-art water play park was recently undertaken, cementing in place the pipes and supporting infrastructure, which will create a fun, wet play area for kids of all ages.

The new community precinct is now 50% complete with the next phase of development involving the completion of above-ground facilities and landscaping of the new parklands.

The Gladstone Coal Exporters Maritime Precinct is on its way to being a world-class esplanade for residents and visitors to enjoy.

After a year of below ground level and structural work, the installation of key infrastructure including the water play park, shade structures and public amenities is now visible.

The waterfront boardwalk and viewing platform are also taking shape and will offer the ideal vantage point to enjoy Auckland Creek and the entrance to the marina.

Stage one of the project also involves the relocation of historical artefacts from Gladstone's Maritime Museum, including navigational buoys, anchors and bollards from the old Auckland Point Wharf.

Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal is contributing $35 million toward the waterfront project while Gladstone Ports Corporation has contributed the site and a further $7 million, is the project developer/manager, and will operate the precinct once completed.

THE STORY SO FAR

July 2013 to September 2013

  • Site clearing
  • Above ground demolition

October 2013 to December 2013

  • In-ground works
  • Viewing deck area
  • Bulk earthworks

January 2014 to April 2014

  • Underground works nearing completion
  • Waterfront boardwalk and viewing platform taking shape
  • Construction of shade structures has begun

Currently

  • Construction of above-ground facilities
  • Landscaping of the new parklands


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