River project ?unfair? to north

By MIKARLA THURECHT

THE Rockhampton Riverside redevelopment was last night labelled unfair to North Rockhampton.

Rockhampton City Councillor Stephen Schwarten sparked the north versus south debate when he called for funding to be equally spent on both sides of the Fitzroy River.

He made the comments following a presentation from the Department of Public Works on the progress of the project.

Cr Schwarten demanded to know how much money was being spent on each side of the river.

While a figure was not available last night, the department's landscape architect, Julian Jakobs, confirmed most of the money was being spent in South Rockhampton.

"We had to prioritise ... We're just cleaning up the northside (with formal car parks and lighting) ... There will be no barbecue facilities on the northside,'' Mr Jakobs said.

Cr Schwarten said he was not satisfied and wanted more effort put into redeveloping the Queen's Park area in North Rockhampton.

"I don't think people in my area will be happy with this. We have a major population on the northside. Why should they have to travel to the southside to use these facilities?

"We've got to see something for our money on the northside,'' he said.

Cr Schwarten will write and present a report on his concerns next month.



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