PROGRESS: Gladstone Ports Corporation's updated East Shores Stage 1B concept design.
PROGRESS: Gladstone Ports Corporation's updated East Shores Stage 1B concept design. Gladstone Ports Corporation

East Shores Stage 1B still due next year

GLADSTONE Ports Corporation says the East Shores Stage 1B development is on track for completion by the end of 2019.

It's been one year since GPC confirmed work would start at the site, and while progress has been slow since that announcement, it's expected to ramp up once tenders are sort.

Tendering for the facility is expected to start by the end of the year.

 

East Shores stage 1B - floating ferry transfer pontoon.
East Shores stage 1B - floating ferry transfer pontoon. Gladstone Ports Corporation

GPC chief executive officer Peter O'Sullivan said the detailed design was 50 per cent complete.

"The detailed design process is well under way, with plans paying tribute to Gladstone's rich industrial heritage, world- class port, pristine marine environment and welcoming community," Mr O'Sullivan said.

"Potential impacts on the Gladstone community and the surrounding environment have been carefully considered to date to ensure the project's success.

"Construction is due to commence early next year once the detailed design has been finalised and tenders have been awarded.

"Where feasible, we intend to break the project up into parcels to ensure there is greater opportunity for the local building and construction industry to tender.

"We hope there can be a strong local contingent helping turn our vision into reality."

 

East Shores stage 1B - view from seating area to pool.
East Shores stage 1B - view from seating area to pool. Gladstone Ports Corporation

Mr O'Sullivan said initial maintenance works for East Shores Stage 1B were done, including work on the rock bund wall between HMAS Gladstone and Patsy Lee Place.

"Calcite has also been moved from Auckland Point Terminal to Barney Point Terminal, in preparation for the construction of the cruise passenger interface," he said.

"The project is still on track for completion by the end of 2019."

 

East Shores stage 1B - cafe concept.
East Shores stage 1B - cafe concept. Gladstone Ports Corporation

The $29.5million project is set to include a ferry transfer pontoon with pool, fitness hub, cruise passenger interface, foreshore cafe and barbecue and parkland areas.

It will also include increased car and bus parking facilities, while GPC is also in discussions with Gladstone Regional Council about revamping the roadway leading into the precinct along Flinders Pde.


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