Project update: August 10, 2022
Construction at Seaforth Esplanade starting soon
Council has awarded local contractor Vassallo Constructions the tender to complete the highly anticipated upgrades to Seaforth Esplanade.
Mayor Greg Williamson said current market conditions meant the cost of the project came in higher than expected, but it was important that it went ahead.
“The total cost of the project is valued at $8.6 million, which was $4.5 million more than anticipated,” Mayor Williamson said.
“I think everyone is aware of the impact that inflation and supply chain constraints are having on the construction industry at the moment,” he said.
“It is affecting all of our projects and we have had to reschedule some of the projects we had planned to do this year because it is not feasible to complete them within this year’s budget due to price increases.
“However, this project is a key priority for council, as it will help improve the liveability and livelihood of our region and will drive tourism to our region due to its location next to the popular Seaforth camping ground.
“This is why it is important this project goes ahead despite the shortfall in the budget.”
Mayor Williamson said council was excited to see this project take shape.
“We’ve received so much positive feedback about this project in the community,” he said.
“The new recreation hub, featuring new playground facilities that cater to a variety of age groups, will be located within a short walk to Seaforth’s swimming enclosure.
“A new barbecue and picnic area will overlook the swimming enclosure and will provide visitors with the opportunity to relax and take in the scenery from sun lounges.
“We will also be installing a new all-abilities water play area to replace the old wading pool as part of the recreation hub.
“This new attraction incorporates a splash pad area with various water jets and sprays modelled on local marine life and corals, as well as a 15-to-28-centimetre shallow pool that will mimic the ocean’s tidal movements.”
Work will begin in September, weather permitting.
This project is expected to take 12 months to complete.
Above: Senior play zone and flying fox areaAbove: Water play
Above: Junior play zone
* Images are for illustrative purposes only
This project is proudly funded by the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland Program in association with Mackay Regional Council.