Riverside boardwalk refurbishment to go the distance

Published on 14 April 2022

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Rockhampton’s iconic riverside boardwalk is about to get a new lease on life, thanks to a joint project between the State Government’s Works for Queensland program and Rockhampton Regional Council.

The upgrade is set to commence this month and will see the area complete with brand new decking as well as fresh coats of paint for all of the furniture.

Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said the Works for Queensland program was having a positive impact on the Rockhampton region.

“Projects like the boardwalk refurbishment not only enhance liveability in Rockhampton, the economic benefits are felt throughout the community,” he said.

“The Rockhampton Regional Council has been allocated more than $43.1 million for community infrastructure projects through the job-creating Works for Queensland and COVID Works for Queensland programs.

“These projects have supported or created 837 local jobs so far.

“The Queensland Government is proud to be contributing $1.6 million towards the boardwalk upgrade through the Works for Queensland program.”

Rockhampton Region Mayor Tony Williams said the works will be carried out by successful tender applicant, Loftus Engineering.

“Thanks to a $1.6 million contribution from the State Government’s Works for Queensland program the popular riverside boardwalk will be getting a face lift,” Mayor Williams said.

“The project will see around 800 square metres of timber decking be replaced with innovative new composite decking.

“In addition to the new composite decking, the furniture on the boardwalk will also be getting refurbished with the existing tables, chairs, and handrails all getting fresh coats of paint.

“We know this is a popular recreational spot for locals and tourists so we have tried to minimise the impact by doing these works in between two of our biggest events held on the riverbank – Rockynats and Riverfestival.

“The refurbishment works will kick off on 26 April and will be completed by the end of August, just in time for Riverfestival celebrations.”

Infrastructure Councillor Ellen Smith said the new decking product was chosen for its durability, which ensures the boardwalk can continue to be enjoyed by the community for many years to come. 

“The replacement decking is made of a composite decking product, which is more durable than timber and requires less maintenance,” Cr Smith said.

“Not only does it require less maintenance, but it is also an environmentally friendly product made from over 80% reclaimed timber and recycled plastic which is fantastic for the environment.

“With these upgrades, the structural integrity of the boardwalk is able to be maintained for the next 20 years.”

The riverbank boardwalk will be closed during the refurbishment works with signage in place for pedestrians during this time.