Yeppoon heritage rail precinct steams ahead
Published Friday, 14 September, 2018 at 05:00 AM
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Cameron Dick
There will soon be movement at the station when the Palaszczuk Government calls for expressions of interest in the renewal of Yeppoon’s heritage rail precinct this week.
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the private sector should get involved in this exciting development opportunity, to be known as Station Quarter, in the heart of Yeppoon.
“I’m calling on all interested parties who have the capability and capacity to work with the State Government’s specialist land use planning and property development unit, Economic Development Queensland, to unlock Yeppoon’s historic past and deliver a vibrant precinct that meets market demands and local needs,” Mr Dick said.
“EDQ has been working closely with the Livingstone Shire Council and the local community on the reinvigoration of the 2.4-hectare site, located in Yeppoon’s central business district.
“The proposed master plan site will incorporate repurposing the heritage railway building and platform, enhancing community facilities and open spaces, and mixed-use development incorporating opportunities for residential, commercial and retail uses.”
Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said the station has been an important part of the community for many years and she was delighted to see the project progressing.
“People want this site to provide multiple uses, where they can spend quality time with family and friends, and tourists can relax and enjoy,” Mrs Lauga said.
Thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s Buy Queensland policy this is a real opportunity for local businesses to get involved in this project.
Livingston Shire Council Mayor Bill Ludwig says the development will greatly benefit the community and deliver a long-term economic boost.
“Thanks to the fantastic support of the Queensland Government, this is yet another exciting opportunity to revitalise the local area while embracing Yeppoon’s historical past,” Mayor Ludwig said.
“The forthcoming project is a brilliant example of what can be achieved for our region when the State Government work hand in hand with both the council and our community.”
The invitation for expressions of interest will be open from Friday 14 September 2018 and will close Monday 29 October 2018.
Interested parties can access the expression of interest documentation and register for industry briefings on the QTender (www.hpw.qld.gov.au/qtenders/) website, reference number DSDMIP-EDQ-0962-18.
For further details about the Yeppoon Heritage Rail precinct, visit www.qld.gov.au/yeppoon
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