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Rockhampton riverbank could see more high rise apartments

EIGHT STOREYS: An artist’s impression of the proposed Gallery Apartments development.
EIGHT STOREYS: An artist’s impression of the proposed Gallery Apartments development. Contributed

ANOTHER high rise residential apartment development could be set to spring up on Rockhampton's riverfront.

Development partners Andrew Beaumont and Wayne Riddell have lodged an application with the Rockhampton Regional Council for the three parcels of land adjoining the city's art gallery.

The proposed eight-storey development, to be named Gallery Apartments, will consist of 68 residential apartments, with a restaurant on the podium level.

Mr Beaumont said yesterday the development was designed to be sympathetic to the important cultural precinct, while providing greater exposure and pedestrian traffic to both the art gallery and the Pilbeam Theatre.

The application was subject to a number of conditions.

Mr Beaumont and Mr Riddell are also behind The Empire, the $65 million riverfront apartment hotel that is nearing completion just blocks away on Victoria Pde.

A separate development, Southbank on Victoria, will be completed by December.

Rockhampton region Mayor Margaret Strelow said yesterday the council wanted to encourage more inner-city development and residential accommodation.

Speaking at the launch of the public consultation period for the proposed Rockhampton region planning scheme, Mayor Strelow said Rockhampton could offer inner-city living in a way that no other Central Queensland city could.

"We've got a true urban centre, a true city centre," she said.

"We believe that the energy and the passion that city centres can bring is the answer for a really attractive place for young professionals to live."

Cr Strelow said an application for 13 apartments on a smaller block facing the riverfront had also been lodged with the council in the past week.

Topics:  apartment block riverbank rockhampton regional council



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