BIG PICTURE: Cyril Thomasson from Soundbridge is looking forward to the finished product once the construction has finished along Quay St.
BIG PICTURE: Cyril Thomasson from Soundbridge is looking forward to the finished product once the construction has finished along Quay St. Chris Ison Rokcquay

No progress without some pain - Quay St business owner

NO PAIN, no gain is the attitude of Rockhampton businessman Cyril Thomasson when it comes to the roadworks outside his Quay St business.

The Soundbridge Financial Services principal is one of the local business owners whose business has been impacted by the start of the construction in Quay St which has resulted in one side of the road being closed to traffic.

But for Mr Thomasson, who originally had major concerns with the redevelopment's construction plans, a bit of noise and loss of parking are minor losses when it comes to the big picture.

"I was never against the redevelopment of the riverbank, just against the previous process which was inadequate but now that's starting to be addressed," Cyril said.

"The street is now open to traffic, the footpath is open to customers and the council seems to be very co-operative. We have parking space on one side of Quay St and we're investigating with council whether we can have additional parking on the other side of the bridge.

"It's a little bit of an inconvenience but now the council are talking to us, it's all going good. We do expect it to get worse but we'll work with the council to get the job done.

THE FUTURE: The artist’s impression for Rockhampton Regional Council’s riverbank development.
THE FUTURE: The artist’s impression for Rockhampton Regional Council’s riverbank development. Contributed Rokriver

"We're going to get noise, we're going to get dust and we're going to get dirt but that's the price of progress, the price of progress comes with the pain of change."

Cyril said he was looking forward to seeing the end product of the redevelopment but still had some concerns about the plans.

"We've seen the final drawings and we (a group of stakeholders) still have some concerns," he said.

"One of the concerns is over the trees that are going in front of some of the old heritage buildings but I've had advice from the Department of Heritage and Environment Protection that council can put tree-root barriers in so I intend to have a chat with the city manager to investigate that.

"There is some concern over the issue of rising water which is also being addressed after a meeting with 18 or so stakeholders from Quay St occurred.

"Rockhampton needs this and a lot of other things to happen."

Stage 1A inclusions

Removal of existing footpaths and roadways

Upgrade of conduits and pits for Smart City and street lighting

Drainage works

Pavement works

THE PAST: Mayor Margaret Strelow on Quay St earlier this year.
THE PAST: Mayor Margaret Strelow on Quay St earlier this year. Allan Reinikka Rokastrelow


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