An artist's impression of the Gladstone Coal Exporters Maritime Precinct on the East Shores of Auckland Inlet.
An artist's impression of the Gladstone Coal Exporters Maritime Precinct on the East Shores of Auckland Inlet. Contributed

Flinders Pde set to close as East Shores work gets underway

THIS weekend is the last chance for residents to view Flinders Pde in its current form before it is closed for construction, with the long-awaited East Shores project finally beginning.

Construction of the $45 million Gladstone Coal Exporters Maritime Precinct will begin on Monday and a section of Flinders Parade, from Auckland Point Terminal to the end of Joseph Banks Park, will be closed.

The recreational precinct is expected to open mid-2014 and will include a water park, a waterfront promenade, barbecues and plenty of green, open spaces.

The project is funded by Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal and the Gladstone Ports Corporation.

GPC chief executive officer Leo Zussino said the project was much-needed in the Gladstone community.

"In the years to come, residents and visitors alike will enjoy the recreational experience that will be available to them as the three-stage East Shores precinct is delivered to the community," he said.

Construction of the project has been delayed and was originally expected to be finished last year.