A NEW Mangrove Deck worth almost one million dollars has been unveiled at the iconic Broadwater Parklands.
The $770,000 project, jointly funded by the Queensland Government and the City of Gold Coast, features improved park space with a timber deck, new pathways, seating, shading, and dune restoration works.
Representing Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones Stirling Hinchliffe MP and Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate opened the deck behind the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre on Monday morning.
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Mr Hinchliffe said the project was delivered through the state government’s Embracing 2018 Legacy Program.
“It’s another great legacy that will leave a footprint long after the Games for residents and visitors to the Gold Coast,” he said.
“It highlights the environmental and cultural heritage significance of the mangrove wetlands and the interpretive elements will tell a story for future generations that visit the area.
“The Commonwealth Games is set to become one of Queensland’s greatest ever sporting success stories and I’m delighted to join Mayor Tate today to highlight the positive legacies that we will achieve for the Gold Coast well beyond the Games,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
Mayor Tate said the project played an important part in “preserving the footprint and function of the mangrove wetlands and the indigenous history” at the site.
“It will improve the spectator experience during GC2018 which can then be applied to all the other events that this precinct hosts,” Cr Tate said.
The mangrove wetland – a functional, saltwater wetland home to a diverse range of flora, and a nursery, feeding and protected area for fish and crustaceans – was built as part of the stage one and two redevelopments at the parklands.
Artwork depicting local marine life by Indigenous artist Lisa Sorbie Martin is prominent throughout the precinct.
Mayor Tate said future plans for the Parklands’ eastern foreshore area included new seating, shade structures, informative signage, picnic and barbecue areas, furniture and trees.