Works have begun on the new lagoon precinct in Yeppoon
The lagoon will assist the local economy by encouraging tourism
The Coalition Government is investing $2 million towards the lagoon pool through the National Stronger Regions Fund
Works have begun on the Lagoon Precinct in Yeppoon as part of the $53 million Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation project.
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the upgrade will help stimulate the local economy by encouraging more people to visit the redeveloped Livingstone Foreshore area.
“I aim to build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and vibrant town centres are a big part of that,” Minister Nash said.
“This investment will create ongoing jobs which is great for the economy of Yeppoon and surrounding region.”
Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, who joined the community today for the sod turn, said she was pleased to see the Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation Project taking shape.
“The Lagoon Precinct will include the construction of the Appleton and Barry Street Intersection, Keppel Kraken Beach Access, the Normanby-Queen Streetscape, a Footbridge to Cooee Bay, and an Amphitheatre Stage Roof,” Ms Landry said.
“The Amphitheatre Stage Roof will cater to Livingstone Shire’s ever-expanding event calendar. It will provide the community with access to a great venue that is protected from the elements year-round.
“The new lagoon pool is scheduled for completion in December 2017, just in time for visitors during the summer holidays.”
State Member for Keppel, Brittany Lauga said the Queensland Government was committed to seeing the project delivered.
“The Palaszczuk Government has committed $29 million in funds towards the Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation project. This upgrade will create 195 jobs for the community,” Ms Lauga said.
“This is a major investment in the region’s infrastructure and reaching stage 5 of the Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation project is a significant milestone.
“Residents and visitors to the region will all benefit from these projects and it’s fantastic to see the foreshore go through this magnificent change.”
Mayor of Livingstone Shire Council, Bill Ludwig said the Lagoon Precinct is the spectacular centrepiece of the Yeppoon Town Centre and Foreshore Revitalisation Project.
“This project will encapsulate some of the unique attributes of the Capricorn Coast, including a swim-up infinity edge with stunning views over the Keppel Islands,” Cr Ludwig said.
“It has been strategically designed to include both a shallow-depth children’s play area as well as an informal lap swimming area, plus shaded areas in and around the lagoon. The two-storey pavilion will offer stunning views overlooking the entire precinct and pristine coastline.
“Council has long held plans to develop the region into one of Queensland’s premier coastal destinations. Through projects like the Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation and the strong support we have received from the Australian and Queensland governments, our shared vision continues to unfold into an exciting reality.”
The Coalition Government is investing $2 million towards this component. The Queensland Government is providing $9 million, and Livingstone Shire Council is contributing $4 million.