GLADSTONE Ports Corporation plans to convert 33 hectares near the marina into a landscaped space for education and commerce are progressing.

Work started on the project at the eastern side of Alf O’Rourke Drive in the 2017/18 financial year.

According to GPC, more than a million cubic metres of material has been placed and another 250 cubic metres is expected to be added to the final stage.

Acting CEO Craig Walker said the area has been earmarked for parklands, cycle and walking trails, education facilities and commercial opportunities.

“The area originally consisted of low-lying unusable space and is located close to one of GPC’s Marina Parkland entrances and existing commercial businesses,” Mr Walker said.

“Once complete the area will provide an extension to the existing precinct for locals to play and explore and provide opportunities for local businesses.

“Our Marina is an important asset and we’re committed to transforming it into one of Queensland’s best waterfront locations.”

The project includes the construction of land improvement, large drainage channels and access to locations on Alf O’Rourke Drive extending to Auckland Creek.

GPC began developing the area now known as the Marina in the 1970s.

Since then more than 3.3m cubic metres of material has been spread across 50 hectares for parks, the university and local businesses.