Cap Coast construction opportunity

Posted July 21, 2015


An artist’s impression of the water play feature, designed by Vee Design and David Joffe from Natureworks, which is being built by JM Kelly Builders.

Council releases plans for foreshore works worth more than $30m over three years.

Livingstone Shire Council aims to roll out another $30 million in civil and construction works over the next three to five years as it continues a major foreshore overhaul across Yeppoon and Emu Park.

Work is under way on Stage 3 of the Yeppoon foreshore redevelopment – an $8 million raft of projects including a water play feature, an upgrade of the amphitheatre and the ground floor stage of a multi-level carpark.

It has been jointly funded by the council and State Government.

Livingstone Mayor Bill Ludwig said Stages 4 and 5 would include turning a section of Anzac Parade along the beachfront into a low-speed shared zone, channeling traffic into nearby Barry St and adding further floors to the carpark, which could provide as many as 700 car spaces.

“If we are successful in getting government funding for stages 4 and 5, that’s when those big construction jobs will go out. Tenders will be able to go out for all of those components, from civil works for the reconfiguration of the road networks to construction of at least the first two storeys of that carpark,” he said.

“We’re expecting that towards the end of next calendar year, subject to getting State and federal funding. These are the sorts of projects that need to go ahead, that have been flagged by the Prime Minister (in the Northern Australia White Paper) - the tourism infrastructure that we are going to need to grow that market here.”

Cr Ludwig said the council was also aiming to establish a lagoon and fisherman’s wharf-style restaurant complex at Yeppoon with private sector backing.

The council is also focusing on Emu Park, where it opened the Centenary of Anzac commemorative precinct this year, including a headland boardwalk.

“We want to be rolling out stage 2 and 3 of that project next year as well,” Cr Ludwig said.

“We will have two signature projects at either end of the Capricorn Coast. While we’re waiting for the Great Keppel Island redevelopment to go ahead, we’ll be putting attractions on the mainland to generate tourism jobs and help rebuild after Cyclone Marcia.”

The planned Emu Park works would include the final stages of CBD revitalisation work and a further stretch of boardwalk.

The overall redevelopment of Yeppoon and Emu Park foreshores is expected to cost about $60 million, including the stages already completed.

“The long-term plan is to have a beachfront development and attraction here that will be as good as the major success stories of The Strand in Townsville, the foreshore redevelopment in Cairns and, of course, the Airlie Beach redevelopment,” Cr Ludwig said.

Not only would these developments boost tourism, Cr Ludwig said they would add to the area’s attraction as a place to live and do business.

The works complement a wave of private development in Yeppoon including the Echelon, Oshen and Salt apartment complexes and major refurbishments of the Strand Hotel and Keppel Bay Sailing Club.

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