JOB PLANNED: The former boat ramp at Riverside Park, Karalee, for which plans are meant to deliver a Christmas refurbishment.
JOB PLANNED: The former boat ramp at Riverside Park, Karalee, for which plans are meant to deliver a Christmas refurbishment. Rob Williams

Christmas opening on the cards for Riverside Park

A CHRISTMAS opening for Riverside Park at Karalee is on the cards after the concept design phase and the calling of tenders this month.

The popular park was severely damaged in the 2011 flood and Ipswich City Council was left with the task of restoring the riverbank, boat ramp and other facilities.

City Infrastructure chairwoman Cr Cheryl Bromage said before any work could start, it needed complex site surveys and detailed negotiations with the Queensland Reconstruction Authority to fund like-for-like replacement of flood-damaged infrastructure.

Funding comes under Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, a joint federal (75%) and state (25%) government initiative.

"A number of draft plans were drawn up and council also made a commitment to involve the community with information sessions which were conducted earlier this year," Cr Bromage said.

"There were several hurdles placed in our way before coming up with a concept design that meets with approval from State Government agencies and users of the park.

"Tenders have been called and, weather permitting, it is hoped that work is completed just in time for Christmas," Cr Bromage said.

The community consultation phase of the project drew more than 80 people.

Division 5 councillor Heather Morrow said it was important that a diverse range of views were canvassed.

"Now a concept design has been finalised we can look forward to once again enjoying this popular parkland overlooking the Brisbane River at Karalee," she said.



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