IT HAS been a vision of Livingstone Shire Council's for many years, but the Yeppoon foreshore project could soon become a reality, thanks to Federal Government funding.
Mayor Bill Ludwig said the Yeppoon Foreshore Tourist Precinct Master Plan and Causeway Lake restoration were likely to be key priority projects that council would present for funding under the recently announced Federal Government Stronger Regions funding program.
"Council will be looking at submitting Stage 4 of the master plan, which comprises a fully integrated multi-storey car park with arcade and pedestrian linkage to both the foreshore and James St tourist commercial and accommodation areas," Cr Ludwig said.
The car park, to cost about $15 million, is something businesses in the CBD have been crying out for.
Cr Ludwig said the master plan would be a logical choice for consideration, as it was already identified as a key project in the region's Queensland Plan submission, Central Queensland's Strong Choices submission, Destination Tourism Plan and RegionsQ framework.
The funding pool is designed for regional development projects that spur economic growth and create jobs.
It is up to councils, corporate and community groups to apply for the funding, as long as they meet the criteria.
"The project is timely, fully complements current development and will provide the necessary stimulation for further long-term employment growth," Cr Ludwig said.
The car park was originally designed in 2007 to deliver 480 spaces over six levels with a staged construction.
"This project is virtually 'shovel-ready' to commence and have at least the first two levels complete within 15 months," Cr Ludwig said.
"Council has recently submitted Stage 3 Water Play Feature and amphitheatre upgrades for consideration under the latest round of Royalties For The Regions.
"Applying for Stage 4 under the Federal Stronger Regions and getting both stages under way would certainly generate some real synergies and major employment opportunities."
Cr Ludwig said the other major project candidate for funding under the Stronger Regions program would be the Causeway Lake restoration.
"(It would) have a major success in boosting tourism and generating hospitality employment opportunities," he said.