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Locals lap up car park upgrades

The Calliope River boat ramp has a fresh new look with the old dirt car park replaced with smooth bitumen and 31 car and trailer parks, thanks to Gladstone Ports Corporation’s (GPC) revitalisation of the local favourite.​


Work officially finished on the 4500sqm parking lot just before Christmas with safety and accessibility greatly improved in the area – making life easier for locals keen to launch the boat.


The carpark upgrade project also features two new solar lights, re-rigging bays and integrated waste facilities and was partly funded by GPC and Transport and Main Roads.


Acting CEO Craig Walker said GPC is committed to improving the community in which it operates.


“Our team was able to get the work completed to schedule thanks to everyone who patiently waited while our team undertook work on the area. We know how popular the boat ramp is to our community and we are committed to creating an enjoyable and safe space,” Mr Walker said.


“The finished results speak of themselves and I’m delighted to see local boaties lapping up the area and having better access to local waterways.


Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and local Member for Gladstone, Glenn Butcher said the feedback from locals was positive.


“After many community members sharing their concerns about the safe parking and access to the boat ramp, the new upgrades are a great addition making it easier and safer for local boaties to park their vehicle and trailers close to the ramp,” Mr Butcher said.


GPC offers and cares for a wide range of assets and community infrastructure including East Shores, Marina and Spinnaker Parks.


“We should not take for granted what has been created for us all to enjoy by those who come before us today at GPC. We are proud of our Port and the work we continue to do in our community,” Mr Walker said.​

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