Cr Stephen Schwarten inspects work on the Kershaw Gardens monorail which has been made safer and reopened for the Christmas holiday period.
Cr Stephen Schwarten inspects work on the Kershaw Gardens monorail which has been made safer and reopened for the Christmas holiday period. Supplied

Monorail on track for the holidays

IN time for some summer holiday fun, the monorail at Kershaw Gardens in North Rockhampton has reopened after a brief closure.

After recently identifying that the fall heights for the monorail did not meet the minimum safety standards, Rockhampton Regional Council took swift action to rectify this safety issue.

The councillor for Division 7, Stephen Schwarten, who lives opposite the monorail, said fill material was taken from several other jobs around the Rockhampton area and was used to build up the area to an acceptable height.

The monorail reopened last Wednesday, just before the Christmas break.

“It is great to see this attraction reopening, and I commend the council officers who saw an opportunity to use almost 1000 cubic metres of fill material to place around the base of the monorail,” Cr Schwarten said.

“So rather than dumping the material from other jobs, they reused it, saving money along the way and fixing a potential hazard.”

The cost of the project was about $13,000, which included soil, re-turfing, sand, relaying irrigation and some machinery works.

“I have to thank the parks staff for rectifying this issue, it will be great for the public to be able to use the monorail over the Christmas period. Obviously the turf is still settling in; however, some nice rain will come in handy to bed it down,” Cr Schwarten said.

The monorail is at the southern end of Kershaw Gardens at the Dowling Street entrance. Kershaw Gardens is open 365 days a year.

“With some nice shelters close by, along with some lovely seating and wood-fired barbecues, the monorail area in Kershaw Gardens is perfect for a great lunch,” Cr Schwarten said.



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