Wa­ter­front prom­e­nade planned

PORT TO LINK UP WITH CBD

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - AN­THONY GAL­LOWAY an­thony. gal­loway@ news. com. au

RE­DE­VEL­OP­MENT of the break­wa­ter ter­mi­nal, Reef HQ and the Mar­itime Mu­seum will be some of the first de­vel­op­ments to oc­cur in the Townsville Wa­ter­front Pri­or­ity De­vel­op­ment Area.

The re­de­vel­op­ments will likely in­clude a wa­ter­front prom­e­nade link­ing the mu­seum to the Flin­ders St East car park, com­plet­ing a key miss­ing link of walk­ways on the banks of Ross Creek.

The State Gov­ern­ment, Townsville City Coun­cil and Port of Townsville are form­ing an own­er­ship en­tity to be­gin re­leas­ing land for de­vel­op­ment over the next year.

Port chief ex­ec­u­tive Ra­nee Crosby said a lot of the port’s sites would be the first to be re­de­vel­oped, in­clud­ing the mu­seum, Reef HQ and the break­wa­ter ter­mi­nal.

“We’ve got a lot of ex­ist­ing users in the area and all the ma­jor tourism fa­cil­i­ties are on the land,” she said.

“There’s al­ready been a lot of in­ter­est from the ex­ist­ing op­er­a­tors as well as new de­vel­op­ers to come into the precinct, and we’ll be see­ing that ac­tiv­ity pretty soon.

“Once the de­vel­op­ment scheme for the area is in place in Novem­ber, it gives us the chance to go for­ward.”

Ms Crosby also raised the prospect of the CBD hav­ing its very own ferry sys­tem, with mul­ti­ple wharves on Ross Creek in­clud­ing where the cur­rent Flin­ders St East carpark is si­t­u­ated.

“The long- term vi­sion is to be able to jump straight off a cruise ship, walk straight into the marine- based tourism ac- tiv­i­ties, shop and dine on the wa­ter­front and then jump straight on a ferry link­ing you back into the Flin­ders St shop­ping dis­trict,” Ms Crosby said.

“There’s lots of great wa­ter­front op­tions that have hap­pened in port cities around the world. In Aus­tralia some are pretty fa­mil­iar around Dock­lands ( in Mel­bourne), Cairns and New­cas­tle. We would be look­ing at some­thing sim­i­lar but some­thing that has a trop­i­cal feel.”

Townsville City Coun­cil has bud­geted $ 22 mil­lion for the next nine years on CBD ini­tia­tives, with a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion to go to­wards build­ing the wa­ter­front prom­e­nade, es­ti­mated to cost a to­tal of about $ 130 mil­lion.

Queens­land Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk said her

Artist’s im­pres­sion of the Townsville Pri­or­ity De­vel­op­ment Area.

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