TURF ROLLED OUT: Rebuilding of Riverside Park in Karalee is nearing completion after flood destroyed the park including the boat ramp.
TURF ROLLED OUT: Rebuilding of Riverside Park in Karalee is nearing completion after flood destroyed the park including the boat ramp. Rob Williams

New and improved look for park ruined by floods

RIVERSIDE Park has undergone a rapid transformation since Ipswich City Council was finally able to secure disaster recovery funding for the project.

Destroyed by the 2011 floods, the ramp and adjoining park at Karalee was the subject of lengthy public consultation in the wash-up, with power boat users and water skiers initially angered by speculation that council would not be able to secure disaster relief funding to reinstate the boat ramp.

Subsequent discussions nevertheless resulted in the decision to rebuild the park to something resembling what it looked like before the floods - with a boat ramp, trailer car parks and large grassed areas.

The new design also incorporates several "pillows" to the eastern side of the ramp, allowing boaties to dock safely and without the worry of damaging hulls on the rocky bank.

Work began in November and completion was likely by this weekend.

Riverside Park in Karalee following the 2011 flood.
Riverside Park in Karalee following the 2011 flood. File

The new boat ramp is already in place, as are six boat trailer car parks, special load/unload parking bays, several regular car parks, shaded seating and gardens.

Workers were laying turf on large areas of the bank this week. Mayor Paul Pisasale said the complex nature of the site required detailed engineering surveys and negotiations with the Queensland Reconstruction Authority to fund a "like for like" replacement.

"A number of draft plans were drawn up. There were several hurdles placed in our way before coming up with a concept design that met with approval from State Government agencies and users of the park," Cr Pisasale said.

The council was able to secure $2 million through the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.

Under the arrangements, 75% of funding comes from the Federal Government and the rest is funded by the State Government.

Rebuilding of Riverside Park in Karalee is nearing completion after flood destroyed the park including the boat ramp. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times
Rebuilding of Riverside Park in Karalee is nearing completion after flood destroyed the park including the boat ramp. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times Rob Williams


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