Work underway to develop Pialba Youth Precinct
7 February, 2019
Fraser Coast residents and visitors will soon be able to enjoy a revitalised Pialba Esplanade Precinct with preliminary work on a new youth space, car park and landscaping getting underway this month.
Fraser Coast Regional Council CEO Ken Diehm said the Pialba Esplanade Precinct was the foreshore presence of Hervey Bay’s emerging CBD, and the benefits of enhancing the area were identified as part of Council’s tourism precinct and CBD urban renewal master plans in 2015.
“The Wetside Water Park and the All Abilities and Adventure Playgrounds have been catalysts for activating this part of the foreshore at Pialba, injecting colour, fun and excitement, and helping draw visitors both locally and from afar,” he said.
“Over the next few months, Council will be developing a Pialba Youth Precinct that will incorporate a new skate park and parkour area, stage and toilet refurbishments, and lighting upgrades.
“The Fraser Coast Regional Council is determined to ensure we have a safe, healthy and active community, and that’s exactly what the development of the Pialba Youth Precinct is all about.”
Demolition works on the old skate bowl and Lions shelter are starting this week, with the car park upgrade due to start new week, and landscaping works - that will include the planting of 59 trees, 900 shrubs and more than 7000 other plants - are also scheduled to start later this month.
Once the new space is finished by the middle of the year, the existing Torquay Road skate park will be closed and demolished.
Mr Diehm said the Torquay Road skate park was built almost 20 years ago, was prone to flooding and was no longer an appropriate location with the area developing into a commercial hub.
“The new Pialba skate park and parkour area will create a youth space and improve connectivity to Wetside and the All Abilities and Adventure Playgrounds, with Seafront Oval remaining available for sporting and outdoor events and activities,” he said.
The Queensland Government is providing 45 per cent of the $2.6 million funding for the Pialba Youth Precinct project under the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.
Concept plans and more information about the project is available here.