GLADSTONE Ports Corporation says it is progressing with its vision to extend community foreshore access by building the East Shores Stage 1B project. 

GPC acting chief executive Craig Walker said the project was “off and running” and the community could see progress, with upgraded access via Flinders Parade and new carparks underway.

“The East Shores Stage 1B project included a number of components, including the parklands, cruise terminal, and marine facilities, all of which went out to tender earlier this year,” Mr Walker said.

“We are currently working with a preferred contractor to finalise details for the new parklands and cruise terminal and anticipate eleven local sub-contracting companies to be involved with the project.”

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Mr Walker said marine works were being reconsidered given cost and safety concerns and the potential to compete with existing facilities within the region.

GPC chair Peter Corones AM, said as a gateway to the region, “the precinct will offer world class facilities not only for visitors, but our whole community”.

Road closures along Flinders Parade began earlier this year, signalling the start of preparatory works.

The new East Shores stage 1B parklands construction is expected to start in May 2019 and is planned to be opened to the public before Easter 2020.

Tenders for the cafe at East Shores 1B are to open in coming months. Mr Walker said people can view the images via the GPC website and new signage at the entrance to the area.

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