LEADING COUNCIL: Corey Watson takes his dog Buddy for a walk on the Rockhampton riverbank. The 22-year-old would like to see more parks around the riverfront. “It definitely needs more recreational areas... more areas for the dog to run,” he said.
LEADING COUNCIL: Corey Watson takes his dog Buddy for a walk on the Rockhampton riverbank. The 22-year-old would like to see more parks around the riverfront. “It definitely needs more recreational areas... more areas for the dog to run,” he said. Trinette Stevens

Riverbank plan unites leaders

CAPRICORNIA MP Michelle Landry says she's pleased Rockhampton Regional Council is on board with riverbank development even though Mayor Margaret Strelow had to be "dragged virtually kicking and screaming" into drafting a plan.

The council on Tuesday revealed a bold $30 million vision for the riverbank which will transform the CBD area.

It has committed $5 million to the project and is seeking $25 million from the Federal and State governments.

The plan includes a flood-immune 500 sq m wet play area.

Ms Landry (pictured) said she would do what she could to get Federal Government support. She said she had already been working behind the scenes advocating for a federal contribution to the first stage of the riverbank project under Round 1 of the Stronger Regions Fund.

"This is the pot of federal money that Rockhampton Regional Council should continue to apply for in ongoing stages of their project over the next three years," she said.

"I've been lobbying the Mayor for a long time that our riverbank offered one of the best potentials for micro economic growth, so fixing it up is a no-brainer.

"Rockhampton had the opportunity years ago to do this with a $6 million State Government grant, but missed the boat when the Mayor redirected that money elsewhere. That proved a great setback. I am pleased the Mayor has seen the light and come out behind this new proposal."

Cr Strelow yesterday declined to respond to Ms Landry's comments.



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