Imagine a sprawling riverfront boardwalk surrounded by sub-tropical gardens that seamlessly link modern city living and cultural precinct to our iconic heritage buildings.

It's a place where families can enjoy cascading water features, public art and recreation by day and entertainment by night. 

Today, Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow, Councillors and consulting firm Urbis, revealed designs to create the ultimate transformation the riverbank desperately needs to become Rocky's 'go to' place. 

Mayor Strelow says this is a turning point for our city and part of Council's long term goal to inject vitality back into the core of the CBD.

"Council has been working with Urbis to create a mixed use urban environment that's appealing to everyone that lives here and to everyone that passes through our city," Mayor Strelow said.

"By making use of our waterfront we are making the most of our local identity and history that makes Rockhampton unique."

Now, Council is seeking feedback and inspiration from the public over a six week consultation period.

"Our first step was to come up with a design that will inspire our community, now we want to be inspired, we want the community to have their say in shaping our future so we can create a desirable space for all ages."

The artist's impression for Rockhampton Regional Council's riverbank development. Photo contributed.
The artist's impression for Rockhampton Regional Council's riverbank development. Photo contributed. Photo contributed ROK070815river

In addition to the State Government's $15m funding, Council will contribute $5m towards the project that aims to be smart, creative and sustainable.

"We want to treat this like a once in a lifetime opportunity, so there's various elements we need to incorporate to make this space become a destination for generations to come," she said.

The vision includes:

- state-of-the art, sustainable, wet play zone

- Wi-Fi available throughout the CBD

- boardwalk that includes shaded seating areas

-  LED lighting to facilitate night time use

-  a new fully accessible amenities block

- interactive water features and elements such as functional art that will be integrated into the overall design

- spaces to allow for pop-up café facilities to support visitors to the wet play zone

Council encourages everyone to view the designs online and submit feedback through the Riverbank Vision tab that will be available on www.rrc.qld.gov.au later today. 



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