Livingstone Shire Council’s vision to turn the Capricorn Coast into a premier coastal destination has taken another massive leap forward...
Livingstone Shire Council’s vision to turn the Capricorn Coast into a premier coastal destination has taken another massive leap forward with the tender for construction of the much-anticipated lagoon precinct, which will form the centrepiece of the $53million dollar Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation, to be released next week.
Mayor Bill Ludwig was today joined by Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry and State Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga for an official dedication of the recently completed Yeppoon Town Centre Car Park, including an inspection of the first retail tenancy fit out, followed by a site tour of the $15 million lagoon pool precinct.
Regional Development Minister Fiona Nash said the lagoon would help stimulate the local economy by encouraging more people to visit the redeveloped Livingstone Foreshore.
“The Australian Government’s commitment of $10 million to this project reflects our aim to build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and infrastructure like the lagoon helps to build those communities.
“Tourism attractions like this are vital to the ongoing economic prosperity of our regional centres as well as providing an immediate boost to the economy through the construction phase,” Minister Nash said.
Deputy Premier Jackie Trad welcomed the pending release of the tender package with more than 200 jobs expected to be created during construction.
“Today is the start of an even brighter future for the Capricorn Coast and the Queensland Government is proud to have committed $29 million towards this landmark project.
“Our Government is focussed on driving local job creation in our regional centres and the direct stimulus both during construction as well as the ongoing jobs that come with this tourist infrastructure will lay the foundations for future economic growth here in Yeppoon,” Deputy Premier Trad said.
Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig said construction on the lagoon itself would start in May with remedial earthworks getting underway later this month.
“This lagoon will be the centrepiece of works this year and we’re aiming to have it up and running by December which would be the best possible Christmas present we could give the community.
“I have to commend both the Australian and Queensland Governments for their critical partnership investment support in this world-class master-planned project which will drive economic growth, increase visitor numbers and create local jobs,” Mayor Ludwig said
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said it was exciting to see works also progressing on a number of other elements across the Foreshore.
“It was fantastic to tour lagoon site today on this next exciting stage as well as take part in the official dedication of the Yeppoon Town Centre Car Park.
“Further works on the car park are paving the way for additional retail tenancies in the building and that will only increase and enhance the offering to the local business community,” Ms Landry said.
Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said it was exciting to see ancillary works on the lagoon precinct already underway.
“Crews have been hard at work carrying out erosion control works at Fig Tree Creek and soon we’ll see construction start on the next stage of the Lagoon Access Road which will provide access to the Ross Creek end of Anzac Parade during the lagoon’s construction,” Ms Lauga said.
The Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation (Stages 3, 4 & 5) is a $53 million project jointly funded with the Coalition Government contributing $10 million, the Queensland Government contributing $29 million, and Livingstone Shire Council contributing $14 million.