Riverway boardwalk re-decked to go the distance

Date published: 4 March 2022

The much-loved Riverway boardwalk is set to receive a new lease on life, with Townsville City Council starting a $948,000 renewal project on Monday.

Local company JMAC Constructions Pty Ltd has been engaged to undertake the project, which will see about 970 square metres of the boardwalk decking removed and replaced with a longer lasting product.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the work would focus on some of the high-use areas of the boardwalk.

“The sections near the park and pool are the most widely used by the community, with up to 3,000 pedestrian movements per day on it,” Cr Hill said.

“The existing decking has reached the end of its useful life, is worn in some places and needs replacing before it becomes a hazard.

“Contractors will replace the wooden decking with a new composite decking material, which is more durable than wood decking and requires less regular maintenance.

“This will ensure the boardwalk can continued to be enjoyed by the community for many years to come.”

Divisional councillor Suzy Batkovic said Riverway was a very popular location for locals and Townsville families.

“The pool, playground, skate park and large grassed area make it a great spot for families to visit and spend time together,” Cr Batkovic said.

“The walking track around the river is also popular with people who like to exercise.

“Council expects even more users will come to the area once the new library is built at the Riverway Arts Precinct.

“It is important the correct infrastructure is in place so areas like Riverway meet the needs and expectations of the community but also to ensure it is fit for purpose in the longer term.”

Work to install the innovative new material is expected to start on 7 March and finish by the end of July.

Signage and detours for pedestrians will be in place while the work is being carried out.

Council thanks the community for their cooperation during works.

Theo Johnson, 4, is looking forward to the renewal of the Riverway boardwalk
Caption: Theo Johnson, 4, is looking forward to the renewal of the Riverway boardwalk.