Stage 1E of the Rockhampton Riverbank Redevelopment, including a new stairway from Victoria Parade to the lower riverbank car park, is complete.
Stage 1E of the Rockhampton Riverbank Redevelopment, including a new stairway from Victoria Parade to the lower riverbank car park, is complete. Melanie Plane

Road reopens as key stage of redevelopment completed

PERFECTLY manicured gardens, a sloping easy-access staircase, wide, even footpaths and an upgraded section of roadway mark the completion of Stage 1E of the Rockhampton Fitzroy Riverbank Redevelopment.

The much anticipated major transformation of Rockhampton’s river front is progressing well and is one step closer to completion today following the finalisation of Stage 1E.

Those who regularly access the lower riverbank car park will be pleased to learn a new set of stairs leading from Victoria Parade are now open while other elements include new footpaths, beautiful landscaping and the reconstruction of the roadway in and around the Criterion Hotel and the underside of the Fitzroy Bridge.

This section of road is now open to all traffic.

Rockhampton Region Mayor and Chair of the Riverbank Redevelopment Steering Committee Margaret Strelow said while there was still much to be done, the completion of Stage 1E was something to celebrate.

“Each completed stage of the project is one step closer to revealing a revitalised river front,” Cr Strelow said.

“The completion of Stage 1E means CBD workers will benefit from easier access from the lower car park to Victoria Parade via the stairs and patrons can once again park outside the Criterion Hotel.

“Once again, I thank our community for their patience and also the businesses on Quay Street who remain open while we rebuild a new future for our river front.”

Sadly, the completion of Stage 1E comes with the farewell of Rockhampton Regional Council senior project manager Maree Anderson and her family who have relocated.

Cr Strelow thanked Ms Anderson for her valuable contribution to the project.

“Her support to the business owners and her incredible leadership with our on-site crews,” Cr Strelow said.

“In the interim, Council’s Specialist Project Manager will take on Maree’s role until a new Project Manager is appointed.”

The final foundation of the $3 million concrete and pave works is under way this week, with JMKelly conducting concrete pours.

Quay St will enter it’s next stage of transformation next week with the sandstone pavers on the footpath scheduled to be laid from the centre of the site toward Denahm St.



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