Cyclone damage makes way for innovation in Queensland
A new and innovative riverside precinct in Queensland’s Rockhampton is proving popular with tourists and locals.
Landscape architects Urbis designed the 600-metre long development along the Fitzroy River, replacing the one destroyed when tropical cyclone Marcia tore through Queensland in 2015.
The $36 million upgrade is expected to increase tourism and investment in the area.
Urbis’ project recognises that “the riverfront is the most important of Rockhampton’s public open space assets”, and aims to provide a world-class recreation space that celebrates the city’s iconic heritage buildings.
The development includes 3.3 hectares of parkland on the upper and lower banks of the river, as well as sections of Quay and Denham Streets, and is crafted to respond to the flooding conditions of the area.
Public artworks, playground areas, façade lighting on nationally significant buildings, river lookouts, gathering spaces, and shared walkways will all allow the public to increase their engagement with the Fitzroy River.
Urbis’ objectives for the project were to feature the area’s collection of heritage buildings, provide a platform for community events and festivals, celebrate the beauty of Mount Archer and the Fitzroy River, and to create a natural, outdoor venue that could provide respite from the Queensland heat and humidity.
Urbis not only partnered with the Rockhampton Regional Council in their development phase, but also elders from the Darumbal Nation, the Rockhampton Art Gallery, and the local police, ambulance and fire service.
Urbis says that their design “will revitalise and activate Rockhampton’s iconic riverside precinct by establishing a high quality realm space that will be widely celebrated and used by the community.”