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East Shores 1B officially opens
The multi-award winning East Shores precinct has just become more exciting for locals and visitors alike, with Gladstone Ports Corporation’s (GPC) stage 1B officially opening today.
The Gladstone community will be spoilt for choice with the extended waterfront parkland providing more green space to play, relax and enjoy.
Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and local member for Gladstone, Glenn Butcher said with 28 local businesses were engaged to deliver the parkland and it is fantastic to reflect on the fact that the parkland was delivered by members of the local community.
“The Palaszczuk Government invested more than $20 million in Central Queensland through Stage 1B of the East Shores expansion and supported more than 300 jobs for regional Queensland during construction,” Mr Butcher said.
“The new parkland will continue to create employment prospects with over 50 new local jobs created through the waterfront café, Auckland House and ongoing parkland maintenance.
“This only further supports the entertainment and tourism hub of Gladstone, providing a much needed injection for the region’s economy and businesses, especially in these unprecedented times.”
Excitement has been brewing for the opening of East Shores 1B since GPC announced Light Group as the successful tenderer to operate the new waterfront café Auckland House in March.
GPC Acting CEO Craig Walker said he was delighted to have a local Central Queensland business operate the café, with their unique and innovative proposal further adding to the parkland’s appeal.
“Set just meters from the harbour’s edge, Auckland House will offer spectacular views of the Gladstone harbour and surrounding parklands,” Mr Walker said.
“I know the community will continue to take great pride in our newest development, 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.
“I would like to acknowledge those who have led GPC, their vision and insight to create the East Shores Precinct, of which 1A was made available to public in 2014.
“We’re proud to be presenting 1B to the public today, and it’s our hope there will be others to come after us that will deliver future stages.
“I would also like to thank Minister Butcher for attending today and seeing our new parkland facility - it’s another feather in the cap for our prosperous port city.”
The parkland features a waterfront café, multi-use cruise ship passenger terminal, boot camp facilities, big-screen outdoor theatre, amphitheatre, basketball hoops and additional barbeque facilities.
When the times comes for the cruise ship industry to recommence in Queensland, Gladstone remains well placed with its new facility to welcome passengers into the region once more.
Hutchinson Builders helped deliver the multi-award winning East Shores 1A precinct to the community in 2014, and partnered yet again with GPC to deliver 1B – winning the tender in late 2019.
GPC hopes the latest addition to the already pristine and well-loved parklands will provide yet another space to make memories, enjoy all that our region has to offer and create the important connection between port and community.