Boardwalk will be ?too costly to maintain

THE length of boardwalk in Rockhampton's $9.5 million riverbank project is likely to be scaled back significantly after city councillors raised maintenance concerns last night.

Cr Tom Moore told the general council meeting he had "grave reservations'' about the longterm cost to the city of maintaining "close to'' 1km of raised timber boardwalk which had been proposed for the project.

He said timber boardwalks might look good, but footpaths on the riverbank would be more cost-effective.

He said the money saved by this change could be better spent elsewhere on the riverbank project.

Parks and recreation committee chairman Cr John Broad agreed with Cr Moore, saying timber boardwalks would cost "an arm and a leg to maintain''.

Cr Stephen Schwarten was supported by councillors when he asked that the design proposals for the Queens Park area of the project be given priority status.

Queens Park area proposals included an amphitheatre with terraced seating walls, plenty of shade trees, walking tracks and vantage points for recreational anglers to "throw in a line''.

Councillors also endorsed the position that where possible the riverbank project be integrated with the council's proposed $4.3m southside pool redevelopment which includes a learn-to-swim facility.

CEO Gary Stevenson said the project was State Government funded and it held the final say.

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