Waterfront walkway underway
Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) is paving the way for unique waterfront pathways in the Port City, with work underway on a new walking trail to link up East Shores and Spinnaker Park.
Locals will soon be able to see more of Gladstone’s iconic Auckland Creek on their leisurely walks with a 500-metre pathway extension at the Gladstone Marina.
The extension from Matthew Flinders Bridge will wrap around the Auckland Creek behind CQUniversity (CQU).
The pathway is slowly taking shape after shovels hit the ground late last year.
Once the tree planting and turf works are complete, walkers will be able to safely access the pathway.
The project has created half-a-dozen jobs with local suppliers also providing materials.
It’s part of the second stage of GPC’s walking trail project to connect locals with nature and provide more walking trails around the Gladstone Marina.
Once complete the trail will stretch a kilometre from Matthew Flinders Bridge to Bryan Jordan Drive and connect to the roundabout at Alf O’Rourke Drive, creating five kilometres of uninterrupted waterfront views.
Acting CEO Craig Walker said GPC is deeply embedded in the community and is focussed on facilitating its values of growth, prosperity and community for this region.
“The GPC family has a proud 106-year history and has earnt a reputation as a good neighbour and corporate citizen by delivering world-class facilities for decades, such as Spinnaker Park and East Shores,” Mr Walker said.
“We have a 50-year vision to continue to empower our community with the right support and leadership,” he said.
“It’s fantastic to see people outdoors and sharing some wonderful areas to view our dynamic port that brings so much opportunity.
“Parents with prams, kids, our elderly and everyone in between, they just love the walking trails at Spinnaker Park and around the Marina and they use them regularly in their weekly walking routines to get active.
“It’s important to provide space for our community to exercise and these trails are the perfect place to stretch your legs and soak up the stunning waterfront surrounds,” he said.
“There’s always a demand for new pathways from our community and at GPC we’re excited to be providing them with the latest marina trail that will offer even more access to Auckland Creek than we have now.”
There’ll be no road interruptions during the completion of the works.