State-funded works complete Yeppoon’s Station Quarter
Posted on July 6th, 2021
Works on Yeppoon’s heritage-listed Station Quarter are now complete.
The almost $1 million in works included repairs to the railway building and a new shared path linking a missing connection in the Capricorn Coast Pineapple Rail Trail. These works were delivered under the Growth Area and Regional Infrastructure Investment Fund initiative and created local jobs.
The restoration of the iconic railway station provides a renewed optimism for the region to attract private sector investment opportunities at Station Quarter and to Yeppoon generally.
The works by local company Landbrook Building and Construction included the replacement of the roof and footings, and repairs to the railway platform columns, along with the refurbishment of the original parcel room joinery.
Construction of the 400m shared path by Eureka Landscapes offers a safer route along the popular recreational and commuter trail to the foreshore.
Livingstone Shire Council Mayor, Andy Ireland said, the recent completion of works on the railway site are a fantastic outcome for the community and visitors, who can enjoy further connectivity while enjoying the Capricorn Coast’s shared pathways network.
“Council’s first stage of future works at the Railway site will include site repatriation and drainage works, and if Council is successful in obtaining funding for further development of the site, more detailed plans will be prepared,” Mayor Ireland said.
Silverstone Developments has acquired the western 1.5 hectares of the site.
Development Manager Wade Fraser said Silverstone is currently working on a master-planned urban renewal precinct in consultation with Livingstone Shire Council, with an aim to meet market demand and provide beneficial outcomes for the community.
‘We are excited about the project and anticipate strong growth in the region,” he said.
Council is investigating future community uses for the rest of the site and suitable repurposing options for the station building.
Silverstone settled their contract with Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) on 14 May 2021.
They now own their part of the Yeppoon Station Quarter site and are going to master plan it with Council, which settled their part of the Yeppoon Station Quarter site with EDQ on 31 May 2021.
The project is not in a Priority Development Area so EDQ does not have any planning or development assessment role.
For more information about Station Quarter, visit www.qld.gov.au/yeppoon
PHOTO: Yeppoon Historical Society member and former railway worker Nigel Hawke, “selling tickets” to former relief station master Uncle George James, with Livingstone Mayor Andy Ireland and Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga.