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Restaurateurs wanted to operate East Shores waterfront café

6 NOVEMBER 2019

Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) has announced it is seeking proposals from restaurateurs interested in operating a new waterfront café, as part of the expansion of its award-winning East Shores precinct.

The café is among a range of new entertainment, fitness and parkland facilities coming to the world-class recreational hub next year including an amphitheatre, boot camp, big-screen outdoor theatre and cruise ship passenger terminal.

Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher encouraged budding restaurateurs to apply and join almost 30 local businesses tapped on the shoulder to deliver the next stage of Gladstone’s popular East Shores precinct.

“The Palaszczuk Government is investing more than $25.9 million in Gladstone through the next stage of the East Shores project, creating more than 300 jobs,” Mr Butcher said.

“East Shores Stage 1B will not only become an entertainment and tourism hub for Gladstone, it will also provide a much-needed injection for the region’s economy and businesses.

“We’ve seen just how popular Stage 1A has been with families and visitors, and I’m certain 1B will put East Shores on the map as a premier destination in Central Queensland.”

GPC Acting Chief Executive Officer Craig Walker said the corporation is looking for a dedicated operator to run the new café, which can seat up to 150 people.

“Set just metres from the harbour’s edge, the café will offer unprecedented access to the waterfront and views of Gladstone harbour like none other,” Mr Walker said.

“We are seeking proposals from operators interested in running the café, which is set to become a destination for not only Gladstone locals, but also tourists and visitors, being in close proximity to our new cruise ship passenger terminal. 

“Construction of the café has already commenced with foundation works and detailed earthworks now well underway.”

The East Shores 1B expansion is taking shape, with construction going full-steam ahead towards its much-anticipated opening. 

“There is a hive of activity on site as we work towards the opening of East Shores 1B, including the new café, by Easter 2020,” Mr Walker said.

“The entrance of the old Players Nightclub has been demolished to make way for the big-screen outdoor cinema.

“Bulk earthworks are now complete, as well as landscaping along Flinders Parade and the structure for the amenities building, which is currently being fitted out.

“Structural steel works have commenced on the cruise ship passenger terminal and calcite tunnel display.
 
“Underground services have finished on the eastern side of the precinct and installation is continuing on the western side.

“We are looking forward to opening the next stage of East Shores and giving locals and visitors more spaces to relax, exercise and enjoy everything that Gladstone has to offer.” 

East Shores 1A opened in 2014, providing the Gladstone community with a recreational hub including a waterfront promenade, an interactive water play zone, a fishing platform, barbeque facilities, public art and historic maritime artefacts.

Interested parties are invited to submit a proposal for the waterfront café via QTenders

For more information about East Shores and Gladstone Ports Corporation, visit gpcl.com.au.