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Marina tree planting project

Hundreds of new trees and shrubs along with almost 8000 square metres of fresh turf will breathe life into Gladstone Ports Corporation’s (GPC) newly developed walkway on Bryan Jordan Drive with turf works already underway.

By the end of the month GPC’s Parks and Gardens team will have laid more than 4000 square metres of turf and expect to have the planting complete.

The project also includes 230 sprinklers, 2432 metres of irrigation pipe and 1500 cubic metres of soil.

Around 300 new trees and shrubs are expected to benefit Gladstone’s local wildlife.

Parks and Recreation Superintendent Graham Gambie said the parklands are home to an array of different plant species.

“It’s important to keep our gardens looking healthy and most of the new trees and shrubs will be similar to ones we already have around the Marina and they seem to thrive in our parklands,” Mr Gambie said.

“The best part is that there will be no disruptions to park users or road users while the turf works and planting are underway,” he said.

Acting CEO Craig Walker said the beautification project is all part of GPC’s plan to reinvigorate the area and maintain the reputation of the immaculate parklands as Gladstone’s green jewel for decades to come.

“Thanks to the expertise of our Parks and Gardens team we are able to able to deliver pristine parklands to the community all year round,” Mr Walker said.

“The planting project will help revitalise the current gardens and the walkway at Bryan Jordan Drive will soon be transformed into a green space with 20 metres of turf,” he said.

The waterfront areas are central to GPC’s Port operations.

“We remain committed to balancing the ports operations with public access to such a beautiful harbour and foreshores,” Mr Walker said.

“We’re very proud of our parklands and all the work that has been completed so far and we’re committed to continue improving it for our community to enjoy for generations,” he said.

GPC has a vision for the future underpinned by a 50-year master plan and is committed to making a difference and creating brighter prospects for the community in which they operate.

The work expected to be complete in the following weeks.