Residents get access to Boyne river after years of waiting
FROM WHAT started as a small sketch on a notepad over 10 years ago has now become one of Gladstone's top housing development areas.
For years the Boyne Island river surrounding the Riverstone Rise estate has been unreachable to residents due to private properties and bushland.
Today marked the opening of the Boyne Island River access path.
A short 400 m walk from the estate opens up to a spectacular view of the 4 km Boyne Island River.
A celebratory event was held at the riverfront including everyone involved in the project.
Project director Grant Botica said with the riverfront now accessible to residents the estate caters to a wider variety of demographics.
"The estate provides the perfect escape from the city life while still being close to town," he said.
"With the riverfront now accessible it's a wonderful place for all to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
"It's been a long time coming, a lot of processes and planning had to go into this project.
"But I can honestly say in all of my 30 years experience in the field - I have never come across a project quite like this.
"It is entirely beneficial to the residents - I was so excited about the project I moved my whole family from Brisbane to Gladstone.
"We are planning for the future already - bigger and better things are sure to come from this project."
Guest Peter Corones said he couldn't have been more pleased with the outcome.
"Honestly - I was absolutely gob smacked when I saw the river from this view," he said.
"Riverstone Rise is a brilliant estate - it's the vision of Gladstone's future,
"As a result, Gladstone will continue to grow and prosper.
"What you tend to see with new estates is after a few years they tend to get tired - but Riverstone Rise is moving forward; blossoming."
Live music, a selection of hand waited food platters and a wine and dine experience was offered to all residents of Riverstone Rise and those involved in the project at the event,
The event began at 12 pm and finished at 5 pm.