Roundabout ready for a spruce up
THE roundabout which became a symbol of Rockhampton's isolation during last summer's flood is to get a snazzy new look.
Images of the bull atop the Welcome to Rockhampton plinth surrounded by murky brown water flashed around the world when the city was cut off to the south last January.
And when the floodwater eventually subsided, the carefully landscaped roundabout was reduced to a muddy, rubbish strewn mess.
Most of the plants were either killed or badly damaged.
Now Rockhampton Regional Council has revealed a design to restore the roundabout to a condition fit to be the city's southern gateway.
Parts will be re-grassed where necessary and bloodwood trees will be planted close to the outer edge.
Closer to the centre gravel paths will be created to allow maintenance crews easy access and an existing band of spider lillies will be reinstated.
But it is the centrepiece that transforms the appearance.
A ring of blue agapanthus will surround a central display consisting of crimson and pink dwarf bougainvillea in a flower petal pattern.
The famous bull's plinth will be planted with low, dark strappy green leafed grass and the wall will be cleaned and repainted.
There's no decision yet on when the work will be done and no costings have been revealed.