Rockhampton Regional Council has celebrated completion of its $36 million riverside revitalisation project with an event including a ‘River Reverie’ water and light show on the Fitzroy River.
Mayor Margaret Strelow described the results of the project as a mark of the resilience of the local community and what could be achieved when three levels of government worked together.
“A huge thank you to the contractors, large and small, who delivered for our community. And especially a proud thank you to the Rockhampton region’s own council workers – wherever they fit in the organisational tree,” she said.
“This project had its genesis in a disaster three years ago and just as you were the city saviours after Marcia you have been the proudest contributors to this renewal.”
The project was jointly funded by the Australian Government ($7 million), the Queensland Government ($15 million) and the Rockhampton Regional Council ($14 million).
It included the reconstruction of Quay and Denham streets in the CBD through to the new Rod Laver Plaza on the lower bank of the river, with features including the new Boathouse restaurant, grand staircase, water jet plaza, playground, custom furniture and curated public artworks.
Designed by Urbis and constructed by local companies, work on the Riverside precinct began soon after Cyclone Marcia hit Rockhampton in 2015.