Burnett River bank has new lease on life
THE section of the Burnett River bank which was ravaged by the 2013 floods has been given a new lease of life.
Work has been completed on the former site of Midtown Marina, which now boasts seating and a outdoor space for the community to enjoy.
Minister for Community Recovery and Resilience David Crisafulli said the park was a special place for the community
"I didn't want to see this area filled in or just repaired it needed to be more than that," Mr Crisafulli said.
"I wanted to see it not restored but taken to the next level.
"The people of this part of the world has been absolutely hit by mother nature too often and it has dented the psyche of the community - what this does is show that the community has not just stood up, but stood up with pride."
Bundaberg Regional Council project manager Jim Whittaker said if a flood was to happen again the infrustucture has been built to with-stand the river flow and the river bank will hold.
"Sheet piling has been driven into the bank 9m and is connected with torsion bars," Mr Whittaker said.
"The idea is it will withhold another flood.
"I would like to think the engineering that has gone into it would prevent any more river slips in this area."
Mayor Mal Forman said the council was in the process of doing a master plan for the riverfront and hopefully when that is finished it would be opened up to ecomonic development and growth.
"There was a large sinkhole where we are standing now and that was a danger to the whole of the area it was an eyesore and scar on our city a reminate of the flood we had to fix up," Cr Forman said.
"With the planning we have put into this with the help from state government - today we have a wonderful park."