Livingstone Shire Council this week outlined its bold plan to help create as many local construction jobs as possible across the remaining stages of the $53 million Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation Project.
The balance works of Stages 4 and 5 have been strategically packaged into six specific tender projects, with a combined total value of more than $22.15 million.
The centre piece and largest tender package, released this week, will be for the construction of the much-anticipated Lagoon Precinct, which Council is targeting to have completed in time for the 2017/18 Christmas and New Year peak holiday period.
Council is currently assessing tenders for the construction of the primary Lagoon Access Road following a month-long submission process, while additional tender packages to be released this month include construction of the Appleton and Barry Street Intersection, the Keppel Kraken Beach Access and Amphitheatre Stage Roof, which will provide organisers and performers year-round protection from the elements during Livingstone Shire’s ever-expanding event calendar.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the release of the tender packages represents a significant milestone for the project, following the successful dedication of the Yeppoon Town Centre Car Park and announcement of the first retail tenancy.
“The Australian Government’s commitment of $10 million to this project ensures that regional areas like Capricornia are getting their fair share of funding for community infrastructure, which will provide an immediate boost during the construction and help lay the foundation for long term economic growth and increased tourism for years to come,” she said.
State Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga welcomed the release of the tender packages with council expecting 180 jobs to be created during the next stages of construction.
“The Lagoon Precinct is the jewel in the crown and will represent how far the Capricorn Coast has come since the devastation of Cyclone Marcia,” Ms Lauga said.
“The Queensland Government committed $29 million towards the landmark Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation Project and we’re extremely proud of the significant boost to the economy this project has already delivered and will continue to deliver for future generations.”
Mayor Bill Ludwig said the two remaining tender packages, for the construction of the Cooee Bay Footbridge and Queen and Normanby Streetscaping Projects will be released over the next two months, with construction scheduled to start later in the year.
“The Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation is a genuine once-in-a-lifetime project and it’s extremely satisfying to see the community’s vision, following extensive Shire-wide consultation, becoming an exciting reality,” he said.
“I have to commend both the Australian and Queensland Governments for sharing Council’s vision to develop a world class foreshore project, which will not only increase visitor numbers but drive economic growth and create local jobs here on the Capricorn Coast.
“We have extended an invitation to both Federal Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad to attend an official sod turning to mark the start of construction of the Lagoon Precinct in early May, to show our appreciation for their unwavering support of our region and look forward to showing them the progress we’ve made so far,” Mayor Ludwig said.
Tender Packages and Release Dates
Construction of the Lagoon Precinct - 17 March 2017
Kraken Beachside Access and Amphitheatre Roof - 24 March 2017
Lagoon Access Road - Currently under assessment
Appleton and Barry Street Intersection - 27 March 2017
Normanby and Queen St Streetscape - April 2017 (TBC)
Cooee Bay Footbridge - May 2017
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.