First phase of Auckland Hill lookout rejuvenation project on track for completion this year
The first phase of the highly anticipated Auckland Hill Lookout Rejuvenation Project, in the central Queensland coastal city of Gladstone, is on track for completion later this year, with construction progressing well.
Upon its completion, the revitalised Auckland Hill will feature a contemporary viewing lookout, expanded access to existing walkways, landscaped community spaces, upgraded infrastructure and facilities, as well as additional car parking options.
As part of the first phase, the steps will be revamped to provide safer and more inclusive access, as well as greater opportunity for fitness enthusiasts to test their skills.
In line with the project’s vision, the existing kiosk on-site will also undergo a refurbishment. In the coming months, an Expression of Interest process will be opened to potential tenants interested in operating at this iconic location.
The project has received significant financial support, with $5 million in funding committed by the Australian Government and the Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) contributing an additional $5 million on behalf of the Queensland Government.
During the construction period, certain areas within the first phase may have restricted access. These areas will be appropriately fenced off and clearly marked to ensure public safety.
To stay up to date with the latest developments, follow GPC’s official Facebook page, where future updates on the project will be shared in the coming months: www.facebook.com/GladstonePortsCorporation
Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister for Regional Development Anthony Chisholm:
"The Albanese Government is proud to collaborate with the GPC and the State and Local governments to redevelop this iconic Gladstone tourist attraction, reinforcing our commitment to supporting the region’s tourism industry.
“This project will improve accessibility and enhance the overall infrastructure of Auckland Hill, improving the visitor experience while also ensuring more people can access the beautiful lookout and other facilities.
“I’m proud to be part of a government making region-shaping projects like this a reality, and I look forward to seeing the project reach completion so that locals and visitors alike can enjoy the revitalised Auckland Hill.”
Quotes attributable to GPC Chief Executive Officer Craig Haymes:
“Members of the project team and myself recently conducted a comprehensive site tour to personally assess the progress of the project. I can confirm that GPC is on track to complete phase one of the project by the third quarter of 2023.
“The rejuvenation will deliver an enhanced experience for locals and tourists alike. Phase one will introduce several exciting features, including a new seating area designed with long, winding seating arrangements that allow visitors to relax and soak in the picturesque western view.
“Additionally, three modern viewing platforms will be constructed, offering a prime vista of Gladstone's pristine marina.”