Business owner wants Quay St to stay untouched

ROCKHAMPTON business owner Dr Robert Kelso thinks the Quay St development would be better placed in Berlin or Paris than Rockhampton.

The share-holder of Soundbridge Financial Services wants council to stay out of the heritage section of Rockhampton with their riverbank redevelopment and has labelled the proposed project as "aesthetically deficit".

Dr Kelso said the redevelopment on Quay St would not enhance the heritage value of Rockhampton.

"There is no other block in Rockhampton, every other block is almost a 60% mix of new industrial buildings. This strip along Quay St is the last streetscape," he said.

"The council could go two blocks downstream of us, and just pick up the rubbish and clean the weeds out and spend some money cleaning up an eyesore instead of reinvesting in this.

"If they want a European plaza look it belongs on the other side of the bridge. This is the last bit of colonial Rockhampton."

Dr Kelso raised concerns over possible damage that could be sustained during construction due to the heritage nature of the Quay St buildings.

"We ask them to just resurface the street and leave everything that way it is," he said.

"Council thinks it can just wipe the slate clean and make it look like an urban nightmare, its pretty appalling in my opinion.

"We were stupid enough to buy heritage listed buildings.

"We were the fools that went in to own a bit of heritage for the city.

"I was born here, I feel proud of the fact I am keeping Rocky looking like it would have in it's heyday."



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