Yeppoon Foreshore Tourist Precinct Master-plan and Causeway Lakes are likely to be key priority projects that Livingstone Shire Council will be putting forward for funding under the recently announced Federal Government Stronger Regions funding program.
Mayor Bill Ludwig said the Yeppoon Foreshore Tourist Precinct Master-Plan would certainly be a logical choice for consideration as it is 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.
“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 Street tourist commercial and accommodation areas,” Cr Ludwig said.
This vital infrastructure component has been purpose designed allow full activation and expansion of the foreshore area for tourists and visitors.
The project is timely, fully complements current development and will provide the necessary stimulation for further long-term employment growth.
It was originally designed in 2007 to deliver 480 spaces over 6 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.
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 underway would certainly generate some real synergies and major employment opportunities.
The other major project candidate for funding under Stronger Regions would be the Causeway Lake restoration.
“This is another key project where we have already done our homework and would get underway relatively quickly and have a major success in boosting tourism and generating hospitality employment opportunities,” Cr Ludwig said.