The 'world class' Keppel Kraken crowned the best in Qld
YEPPOON'S very own Keppel Kraken has been crowned the best in Queensland.
Livingstone Shire Council received the title after taking out top place in the Tourism Award of Excellence category at the 2016 Queensland Landscape Architecture Awards in Brisbane.
Mayor Bill Ludwig said the prestigious awards, hosted by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, recognised the very best in greenspace and landscape design across Queensland.
"From the moment the Keppel Kraken started to take shape, it was clear we would have a world-class attraction right here on the Capricorn Coast and this first award certainly confirms that," Cr Ludwig said.
"The Keppel Kraken is truly a signature attraction for the Capricorn Coast and one of which our region can be rightly proud."
Director of Vee Designs David Hatherly paid tribute to Livingstone Shire Council for its vision to create a water play feature which would capture people's imagination.
"From the initial discussions with the mayor and infrastructure team, it was clear council wanted to steer away from the traditional 'run of the mill' designs." Mr Hatherly said.
Mr Hatherly said the "truly unique attraction" was both visually stunning and engaging for children and families.
"In a lot of ways we very much broke away from the traditional 'stereotype' water play features with this design and it has well and truly paid off.
"Our submission now qualifies for the National Awards in December and we're confident we can go one better."