Tender awarded for $4m Miriam Vale park upgrade

WORK on Miriam Vale's Alf Larson/Lions Park redevelopment will begin in January with Gladstone Regional Council today awarding the $4 million tender to PJM Civil Contractors.

Today's general council meeting heard the Noosaville company's tender offered significant cost savings and the ability to complete the three stage project this financial year.

The council will allocate an additional $405,000 from its Parks Reserve account to the project's budget to allow for the entire project to be completed in 2015/16.

The Miriam Vale park, within the town centre, is a popular recreation area for residents and visitors.

Parks and Recreation portfolio spokesperson Councillor Graham McDonald emphasised there would be significant community consultation about the redevelopment because Council was very mindful it would cause major disruption to people, businesses and traffic flow.

"I want to assure people we will talk and engage with them well before Christmas about how this project will unfold," Councillor McDonald said.

"We want to minimise the disruption and inconvenience it will cause for nearby businesses and everyone who uses this recreation area."

The new open space design will provide an enhanced venue for community events, family gatherings and recreation, as well as better railway station access.

Heritage elements, such as the large fig tree and the war memorial, have been retained and parking will be expanded.

There will be dedicated caravan and large vehicle parking to accommodate the growing drive tourism market.

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