Last year Livingstone Shire Council was successful in winning $2.5 million dollars of State funding, matched dollar for dollar by Council, to finally construct the long-awaited Yeppoon Foreshore zero depth water play feature.
A percentage that funding was also allocated to provide new shade structures and amphitheatre enhancements to facilitate major events.
The funding was primarily awarded to boost the local economy and tourism industry which has suffered considerably from downturns in the resources industry and the closure of GKI.
Following the devastating impacts of Cyclone Marcia, Council took a bold and ambitious submission to the State and Federal Governments to continue the ongoing transformation of the Yeppoon Foreshore into an iconic tourist destination.
The master-plan document outlined how further stages of the foreshore redevelopment could generate immediate construction jobs, create long-term tourism jobs and attract major private sector investment to spearhead our post-cyclone economic recovery effort and grow our regional economy.
The State Government recognised the merit of the proposal and backed the bold vision Council put forward by providing a total investment to date, of $29 million for the further stages of the Yeppoon Foreshore Redevelopment.
As we now prepare to move into the design development stage, Council is asking the community to provide input to help guide and inform the urban design and place-making team who will be engaged to assist in delivering an iconic, world-class foreshore development.
Community input will also help determine the range of recreational elements that the community would like to see and enjoy. Council will be seeking feedback on elements such as space reserved for passive recreation and what elements such as a wave pool or lagoon, adventure playgrounds, mini-golf and other family recreational attractions should be considered for inclusion.
The overarching final design must also ensure whatever is built also complements and enhances the natural environment and foreshore ambience.
A critical factor in the final scope of the project will be whether the Federal Government provides the $10 million Council has also applied for through the National Stronger Regions Fund.
To date the State Government support has been outstanding; it is now time for the Federal Government to also show their support.
With community backing, Livingstone Shire Council has fought hard and very successfully to win major funding. It is critical that we continue to capitalise on that momentum to keep this vital funding coming into our region now, when it is most needed.
How to Have Your Say
The latest update of the concept master-plan will be available on the Livingstone Council website www.livingstone.qld.gov.au from Saturday, 29 August.
The engagement process over coming weeks and months will include whole of community on-line surveys, stakeholder briefings and focus groups and community meetings.
Next week further details will be available on how the community will be able to provide input and comment as to what they believe should be incorporated into the design of the next stages and, subject to funding, any future stages of the foreshore redevelopment