THE long-awaited East Shores project is expected to be open to the public in late October.

Grass is being laid in the area this week, and work to get the Rotary waterfall operational is underway.

Speaking on ABC Radio on Wednesday, Gladstone Ports Corporation chief executive Craig Doyle said HMAS Gladstone would be moved into the area, hopefully in time for an official opening at the end of November.

"It's almost ready to go, ready for summer," he said.

"It's going to be a fantastic area for the community, a little water park for the smaller kids, more barbecue areas, shade, a boardwalk, HMAS Gladstone that people can walk around and have a look at.

"It's going to be another great community asset for Gladstone, and I think it will be very popular."

The $42 million redevelopment will feature a state-of-the-art water play park, new parklands, waterfront boardwalk and viewing platform, and historical artefacts such as anchors and bollards from the old Auckland Point Wharf, and the Sea Hill Lighthouse originally erected on Curtis Island.

Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal is contributing $35 million towards the project, while Gladstone Ports Corporation has contributed the site and a further $7 million.



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