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Queensland | Urban
The redevelopment of the Rockhampton Riverside precinct is guided by the CBD Redevelopment Framework. Both streams of work have been informed by the significant participation of the community, local businesses, council’s internal teams and councillors themselves. The focus of all activity has been to bring the iconic history of the city to life, encourage CBD living and housing diversity, creating unique and memorable destinations and attracting a dynamic mix of businesses to stimulate growth, jobs and tourism.
CBD property owners and business operators were encouraged to express their views and opinions through facilitated workshops, stakeholder meetings and taskforce groups. This led to the development of a community-led action plan to transform the Rockhampton CBD into a vibrant economic, cultural and social centre.
To ensure that any person who resides in the Rockhampton region could participate in the revitalisation process, a survey was distributed to residents where they could provide feedback to the council on their vision for the city centre.
The 791 survey respondents expressed that they would like to see:
The resulting Riverside Revitalisation has transformed the banks of Rockhampton's iconic Fitzroy River into a mixed-use recreational hub for businesses, locals and visitors.
The riverfront is the most important of Rockhampton’s public open space assets. With iconic heritage buildings of national significance along Quay Street directly overlooking the riverfront, the design rationale has been to unite the city to the river and celebrate the unique community and heritage of the place in a contemporary and dynamic way.
The design creates a riverfront that is contemporary and coherent with a clear and strong sense of place. An array of memorable destinations and attractors stimulate both day and night-time activation. Activation nodes and public art encourage movement and are connected by a generous high-quality riverwalk and pathway system that ties back into the upper embankment, namely Quay Street and the wider CBD. This approach creates a safe, visually cohesive and high-quality environment that amplifies the social, cultural and built form heritage values of the location.