30 October 2015

New public toilet block and rising main projects for Doug Jennings Park are well underway – project update from Project Manager Daniel Dray

The toilet block is taking shape with the blockwork and structural steel in place. The concrete slab and pathway will be poured next week, which means that the public will have a proper footpath to access the beach once again. Once the slab has been poured, the tiling, roofing and installation of the partitioning will commence. The builder is very confident that the toilets will be complete and ready to open by the Christmas holidays. We had to remove the existing shower and dog bowl, but have provided a temporary wash down facility adjacent to the site. So far the public have been very understanding.

Horizontal directional drilling for the rising main is underway along Seaworld Drive. This method has minimal impact on the adjacent vegetation as there is no need to excavate a trench. It also means that both lanes of traffic can remain open. The contractor is currently installing 200m per day, so it should not be long until this part of the works is complete. The contractor is also confident that this part of the works will be operational by the Christmas holidays. 4 Cocos Palms that are opposite the Nara Resort entrance are to be removed at the request of the City arborist as they are considered a weed.

GCWA would like to thank everyone for their patience during construction and hopes that the works have not caused any inconvenience.

Please do not hesitate to contact GCWA if you have any questions or concerns.

5 May 2015

New amenities block for Doug Jennings Park

Improvements to Doug Jennings Park public amenities move a step closer

Public and visitor experience of Doug Jennings Park will be enhanced with the start of early works for new public toilet facilities.

CEO, Hal Morris, said clearing of vegetation along Seaworld Drive by City of Gold Coast had started today to enable the new facility to be connected to the Council sewerage network.

“Lack of sufficient public toilets to service this popular park has been an issue for some time and we are pleased to be solving the problem as part of our commitment to enhancing the community’s enjoyment of Gold Coast waterways,” Mr Morris said.

He said the Authority had consulted with community groups who have a special interest in the park such as the Friends of Federation Walk and Save Our Spit to ensure the new facilities delivered improved accessibility, safety and amenity.

The new toilet facilities are being built at a cost of $320,000 and are part of GCWA’s

$6 million Waterways Management Program being delivered over the next 12 months.

The architected-designed facilities include:

  • an accessible unisex toilet cubicle
  • four female toilet cubicles (with one being an ambulant toilet)
  • four male toilet cubicles (with one being an ambulant toilet)
  • beach showers
  • covered waiting area.

Construction of the new sewerage connection is due to start in July with the new public toilet facilities due for completion before the busy summer period.

Media contact             Hal Morris – Mob: 0419 374 134