Draft Rockhampton riverbank plans unveiled

ARRIVING to govern Queensland from Rockhampton today for the next three days, Premier Anna Bligh unveiled concept plans for the next stage of the Riverbank Redevelopment.

Ms Bligh said the government was working with Rockhampton Regional Council to finalise the stage three plans.

"These concept plans are a great starting point for the State Government's ambitious plan to transform Rockhampton's riverside precinct," she said.

According to the government, the stage three concept plans include the possibility of a fitness trail, additional shade structures, improved accessibility and public viewing opportunities on the Fitzroy River.

There is also potential for the creation of a new riverside precinct from Cambridge Street to Fitzroy Bridge and a Queen's Park link to Moores Creek.

Another possibility is a boardwalk fishing platform on the north side of the river and the creation of a lookout at Moores Creek.

Stage three of the redevelopment will also feature a mosaic on Victoria Cross recipient Private John Leak, who enlisted in Rockhampton in 1915.

An extra $2 million has been allocated to fund improvements at the Southside Memorial Swimming Pool at Wandal, including a shade structure for the pool and adjacent grandstand.

The Premier said the government's total contribution to the Rockhampton Riverbank Redevelopment was $29.1 million.

"This redevelopment will mean more facilities, better public amenities and an increased range of activities for Rocky locals and visitors to enjoy," Ms Bligh said.

Stage one of the Rockhampton Riverbank Redevelopment included a new recreation playground area, two fishing platforms, pathways to the Fitzroy Bridge and car parking for the Bowls Club.

Stage two included a boat ramp and floating walkway, a third fishing platform, a new amenities block, upgraded car parking, basketball court upgrade and shade structures to the play area.

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