Huge party to shut down Rocky CBD street tomorrow
AFTER more than 12 months of hard work and anticipation, stage 1A of the Rockhampton Riverbank project is poised to officially open tomorrow night.
Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow will be in the festive season spirit as a 'Quay St Party' featuring activities for children, market and food stalls, music and entertainment gets underway to mark the occasion.
As part of the festivities, Cr Strelow will hand the Key to the City to the region's golden girl Anna Meares, before officially opening stage 1A of the $36.4m riverbank initiative.
Cr Strelow will be joined on stage by Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne, Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga and Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry.
Both the Queensland and Australian Governments have provided significant financial backing to the project, contributing $15m and $7m respectively.
The Quay St Party is an opportunity for community members to get a close-up view of the Stage 1A works on Quay St, which entails much more than just a new road.
- What: Anna Meares presented Key to the City and official opening of Stage 1A on Rockhampton's Riverbank
- When: 5pm tomorrow
- Where: Quay St, between Fitzroy St and Denham St
- Entertainment: Market stalls, music, food and free activities for kids
- Cost: Free
Included in the completed works is some of the most impressive technology regional Australia has ever seen such as an Australian first smart street lighting system, free public Wi-Fi, extensive CCTV coverage, colourful facade lighting of the historic buildings along Quay St and custom-made street and garden furniture, incorporating mood lighting.
The LED street lighting can be controlled at the touch of a smart device and features a speaker system capable of carrying music, public broadcasts and synchronised coloured lighting displays.
Cr Strelow said there would be a few surprises throughout the street party.
"It promises to be a great night and I'd love to see as many people as possible," Cr Strelow said.
Rockhampton MP Bill Byrne said the revitalisation of the riverbank and reinvigoration of the CBD had been a matter of focus and concern in Rockhampton for many years.
"Out of the destruction of Tropical Cyclone Marcia there is definitely some considerable good in the form of this project and its progress," Mr Byrne said.
"Our community has been long overdue for such a project and it will be pleasing to see it completed."
Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the project would be a significant asset to the city.
"Every city has a focal point for visitors and this will be the start of a re-vitalised Rockhampton," Ms Landry said.
"The Fitzroy River is a great under-utilised asset and this project will enhance its value."
The riverbank project, which is being completed in stages, will once finalised include a stunning new waterfront pier structure, a zero-depth water play area for children, and an adventure playground.
Work has now moved along Quay St to Stage 1B. The project is expected to be completed in 2018.