Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) has unveiled its vision for East Shores Stage 1B, which is part of its $29.5 million foreshore redevelopment.

The GPC initiative will be an extension of the award-winning East Shores precinct, in central Queensland.

East Shores Stage 1B will continue to deliver a unique and memorable experience.

Initial concepts centre around the creation of an amphitheatre, outdoor cinema, waterfront café, interpretative centre, fitness hub and – the highlight – a floating ferry barge with a pool.

GPC Chairman, Leo Zussino, said it will be the first of its kind in Australia.

“We are extremely excited to be delivering a world-class experience to the Gladstone community,” Mr Zussino said.

“The floating ferry transfer pontoon offers 270 degree views of the harbour, a public promenade and a state of the art pool.

“It’s also perfectly positioned for our cruise ship visitors to jump on board a boat tour and explore Gladstone’s beautiful waterways.”

An industrial-themed cruise ship terminal will take shape next door, to cater for the rapidly expanding cruise industry in the region.

“Conveyors will be kept and incorporated into the design to pay homage to the rich industrial heritage of the site,” Mr Zussino said.

“It will help ensure visitors’ first impressions of Gladstone are of a strong, industrial city, with a world class port, pristine marine environment and welcoming community.” 

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