The final stages of the Yeppoon Lagoon Precinct opened on Saturday – capping off a key component in the broader $53 million Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation Project.
Livingstone Shire Council Mayor Bill Ludwig said there had been a real buzz in the community in the lead-up to the opening celebrations.
“As we’ve seen Stage 3, 4 and now 5 of the Yeppoon Town Centre and Foreshore Revitalisation Project unfold in just over two-and-half-years, this world-class facility aptly completes this fantastic and major infrastructure development, dramatically transforming Yeppoon’s foreshore,” Mayor Ludwig said.
“The Queensland and Australian Governments must be commended for their exceptional support of the Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation Project and their joint investment in the critical infrastructure needed to further drive local job creation and enhance liveability for local residents.
“I must also thank all those who have played an active role in assisting to make this community vision a reality.
“From the Steering Committee, design teams, Project Management and Executive Leadership teams and builders, to the fantastic input and support from the wider community, everyone has put in a fantastic effort in delivering a truly world-class development.”
The State Government contributed $29 million towards the project through the $600 million Works for Queensland regional infrastructure program. The Livingstone Shire contributed $14 million to the project and the Federal Government committed $10 million.
“This is a landmark project for Yeppoon and the surrounding area that will boost tourism and the local economy while supporting local jobs,” Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said.
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the project would promote economic growth by attracting international and domestic tourists.
“Importantly, this project also created 180 jobs during construction, and up to 20 ongoing jobs, which means more families spending more, investing more and driving more jobs and confidence in the local community,” he said.