Putting the finishing touches on a Touch of Paradise

Published on 22 September 2021

L-R Cr Smith, Cr Rutherford, Mr Don Close, Cr Mathers, Mayor Williams croppped .jpg

Rockhampton Regional Council has today marked the completion of the Touch of Paradise project at Cedric Archer Park in Gracemere, with the unveiling of the new sign for the Don and Dianne Close Bridge.

Rockhampton Region Mayor Tony Williams said the improvements to Cedric Archer Park have seen it become one of the go-to places in the Region and the unveiling of the new sign is a fitting way to mark the project completion.

Adding to the sentiment, the bridge honours two residents for their long term dedication and service to the community. 

“After consulting with the community, in early 2020 Council named the pedestrian foot bridge at Touch of Paradise, Don and Dianne Close Bridge,” Mayor Williams said.

“By unveiling this new signage today we recognise Don and Dianne’s contribution to Gracemere and it will serve as a reminder to residents of their dedication to the community.

“Both the signage and the work that has been carried out over the past two years really is the icing on the cake in the revitalisation of Cedric Archer Park.”

Parks Sport and Public Spaces Councillor Cherie Rutherford said the overall project from start to finish has been monumental and the final stage in itself was a huge undertaking.

“In addition to the world-class water play area, a stunning lagoon, football field and pump track, this final stage of the project saw the design and construction of complementary landscaping works to the recently refurbished lagoons, including installation of an irrigation system, tree planting, turf, seating, shade structures and signage,” Cr Rutherford said.

“To give you an idea on the scale of the works, we planted 10,215 plants including more than 200 advance native species.

“We laid over 4000 square metres of turf and 400 cubic metres of mulch, installed a new water tank, irrigation system, concrete paths and sandstone blocks.

“The area also now features new shade shelters, picnic tables and chairs and not to mention a brand new Zen Garden.”

Divisional Councillor Ellen Smith said the completion of the project is a real milestone for the community who have patiently watched this project progress.

“I am just thrilled our community are now able to enjoy this space and bring their friends and family to such a beautiful location,” Cr Smith said.

 “We have already seen how popular Cedric Archer Park has become and the final finishing touches solidify this as a must-visit location in our Region.

 “If you haven’t been out here in a while, and with the warmer weather approaching, now is the perfect time for a visit.”