Project update: June 13, 2022

Tenders being sought for Seaforth Esplanade

Council is currently seeking tenders for the construction of a new recreation hub on Seaforth’s esplanade.

The detailed design is now complete, and tenderers are being asked to submit their formal applications to help transform Seaforth Esplanade Reserve into one of the region’s most exciting leisure destinations.

Mayor Greg Williamson said plans for an all-abilities water play area and new play spaces that cater for a range of ages were just some of the highlights of the detailed design.

“Council has been working closely with the Hibiscus Coast Progress and Sports Association to develop a plan that will transform the Seaforth Esplanade Reserve into an area where residents can create cherished memories with their families,” he said.

“The new recreation hub will showcase Seaforth’s swimming enclosure as its centrepiece.

“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.

“On the foreshore we will install new playground facilities that appeal to a wide range of ages, a coastal walk linking Elizabeth Street to Poinciana Street, CCTV cameras, and new and improved amenities with adjoining path connections.

“One of the most exciting new aspects of the project is the plan to create an all-abilities water play area to replace the old wading pool.

“This new attraction incorporates an oversized splash pad area with various water jets and sprays modelled on local marine life and corals, as well as a 15cm shallow pool that will mimic the ocean’s tidal movements.”

Mayor Greg Williamson said the focus on inclusivity would not be limited to the water play area.

“We will also be installing Changing Places facilities, which disabled adults can use to get dressed, as well as wheelchair and ambulant toilet facilities in addition to general male and female changing rooms,” he said.

“There will be all-abilities ramped access to the beachfront and new disabled parking as part of a larger extension to the existing car park area.”

The Esplanade’s mango trees will be protected along with the magnificent Karri Pines as iconic features of the reserve.

Tenders for this project can be submitted through the QTenders website, and applications will close on June 21, 2022.

Construction is expected to commence mid-year, weather permitting.

Above: Water play

Above: Junior play zone

Above: Senior play zone and flying fox area
* Images are for illustrative purposes only

Click here to learn more and view the master plan.

This project is proudly funded by the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland Program in association with Mackay Regional Council.

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