Construction is set to begin in the second half of 2017 on Gladstone Ports Corporation‘s $29.5 million East Shores Stage 1B project.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Treasurer Curtis Pitt – in Gladstone as part of the Premier’s initiative to govern from Central Queensland this week — today visited the project site with Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher and GPC chair Leo Zussino.
“This project will generate at least 100 jobs during construction and has the potential to deliver a major boost to the regional economy, especially through the inclusion of a dedicated cruise ship facility to attract more tourists to the city and surrounding region,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“Gladstone residents and visitors already enjoy the world-class, award-winning Auckland East Shores recreational precinct developed on GPC land.
“The East Shores Stage 1B project will extend that precinct to include an interpretative centre, waterfront café, a much larger fishing platform, amphitheatre, Gladstone Maritime Museum, and a cruise ship terminal at the GPC’s Auckland Point wharf facility.
“All of these developments have the potential to expand economic activity and create new jobs for locals, and spin-offs for existing businesses.”
The state-owned GPC will provide $7.5 million in addition to the already secured corporate funding of $22 million, enabling the $29.5 million development to progress.
GPC chairman Leo Zussino said Stage 1A of the East Shores Precinct was completed in 2014, providing the community with exceptional access to the Gladstone harbour and a world-class recreational facility.
“This new project will be used to extend the parklands and complete Stage 1B,” he said.
“The planned Interpretative Centre will be the cornerstone of Stage1B and will celebrate the rich history of GPC, Gladstone’s maritime industry and the culture of the Traditional Owners of our region.
“In addition, the funding will facilitate the construction of a cruise passenger interface at our Auckland Point wharf facility to cater for our fast growing cruise tourism industry.
“GPC thanks the Premier and the Queensland Government for giving the go-ahead for this exciting development.”
The GPC Board had told the Premier that the vast majority of the work on the project would be provided to Gladstone contractors, Mr Zussino said.
Tender opportunities will be listed on the QTender website and available on GPC’s website when released.
For more information on the East Shores Stage 1B project click here.