Final stage of Strand Water Park redevelopment to begin

Date published: 9 June 2017

Final touches on the Strand Water Park redevelopment will commence next week.

Stage 2 of the works, valued at $500,000, is funded under the State Government Works for Queensland (W4Q) program and will see the installation of four new picnic shelters, landscaping, bollard lighting and improvements to pathways and connectivity.

The park will remain open during the works which will have little to no impact on users.

Stage 1 of the $2.8 million project, which began in April 2016, has already seen a larger playground, new softfall, shade structures and new lighting installed, as well as an upgrade to surrounding landscaping.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Jackie Trad said through the Palaszczuk Government’s Works for Queensland program Townsville was getting both jobs and local infrastructure.

“These are the kind of great community infrastructure projects that Works for Queensland is making possible right across the state, delivering jobs and stimulating the local economy.

“Townsville City Council alone has received more than $21.8 million from the Palaszczuk Government through this program to deliver 51 projects and employ 375 local people.”

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the water park had been a hugely popular aspect of the Strand since its redevelopment in 1999.

“I’m proud that the Palaszczuk Government has funded a project where Townsville families can continue to enjoy this local iconic setting,” he said.

“Upgrades under the Works for Queensland funding will provide families with greater access and a safer environment to enjoy our spectacular waterfront asset here in the Tropics.”

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the final works would wrap up a very successful redevelopment of the popular Strand icon.

“This redevelopment of the Strand Water Park will make the Strand an even more valuable asset for the residents of Townsville to enjoy,” Cr Hill said.

“There’s no doubt that the park is extremely popular with locals and visitors alike and we’re excited to see the next stage of works commence to put the finishing touches on this fantastic community asset,” Cr Hill said.

Works will be completed by the September school holidays.

The final stage of the Strand Water Park redevelopment has been funded by the Queensland Government’s $200 million Works for Queensland program.