Work on a new 5m-wide, 280m-long boardwalk and associated works to increase connectivity and drive business along Ross Creek will start next week.

The boardwalk fronting Ross Creek is a key project for Townsville City Council to take advantage of our waterways and natural environment.

The waterfront boardwalk will run along Ross Creek and is the first of a three-stage project. Future stages include a walkway connecting Central Park through to the Flinders Street East precinct.

Mayor Jenny Hill said this was part of a network of recreational pathways along the creek’s edge to help showcase our waterways and natural environment.

“A lot has already been achieved through the private and public sector to bring more people into the city. We want to build on the successes that have already been made and further support other ways to improve the city’s connectivity, enhance liveability and support external investment. Projects like this boardwalk give great confidence to the market that our city is growing,” Cr Hill said

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said new infrastructure like this helped activate the city centre.

“We see other cities embrace their waterways and make them more accessible to the public which is what this boardwalk will do,” Mr Stewart said. “It will also connect the city centre even more which will help activate the CBD.”

Deputy Mayor Mark Molachino said construction would kick off on Monday (29 August) with the closure of the Flinders St carpark.

“Alternative parking options are available along Flinders Street including at a lot opposite the Museum of Tropical Queensland which has been specifically designated to assist with parking,” Cr Molachino said. “These arrangements will be in place until about March next year when construction of the boardwalk is scheduled to end.”

Stage one is co-funded by Townsville City Council and the Queensland Government’s Work for Queensland program.

For more information on the project, visit Council’s website.