Mayor Margaret Strelow said Kershaw Gardens would be opened again when it was safe.
Mayor Margaret Strelow said Kershaw Gardens would be opened again when it was safe.

‘Restoring Kershaw Gardens could take years’: Mayor Strelow

MAYOR Margaret Strelow says the cost of fixing Kershaw Gardens could be around $14 million, a climb of $2 million from initial estimates.

An allocation of $2 million for remediation and $760,000 for restoration was put forward to the project this financial year from the Rockhampton Regional Council's adopted budget.

"We've already spent significant dollars ($1.3m) last financial year and we know that there is a lot more to come," Cr Strelow said.

"There's not much in the budget for the current year at this stage but as we get a better understanding of costs and possible income we will be adjusting figures in the revised budget."

Cr Strelow said the council were proposing to open the park when it was safe to do so, but said the "real job" of returning Kershaw to its new glory would be a project that would take some years.

She said they were still hopeful council might secure joint federal and state funding under The Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements to assist in the process.

But work was still moving forward as restoration works commenced in the northern section.

The temporary fences are also being moved back again on Friday to enable more public access to Grevillea Hill.

The fences have been progressively shifted back as progress was made on the restoration of the gardens following the damage it sustained from Cyclone Marcia.

The process of vegetation clearance and site sampling commenced in April with the establishment of a compound at the Charles St entrance to control site access.

The site is in the process of detailed remediation planning and design consultants will be developing a new master plan to guide the restoration project.



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