As part of the Government’s COVID19 Relief and Recovery Fund to assist Great Barrier Reef tourism and the North Queensland regional economy, Reef HQ Aquarium received $5 million to improve visitor access to the facility with a modern new facade, which will provide a unique and distinctive landmark in the Townsville city, while enhancing the street appeal of Flinders Street.
The Aquarium's visitor entrance will undergo a major facelift, with work starting on removing adjacent buildings, including the Old Omnimax theatre, three-story office space and Cultural Centre. The removal of these buildings will improve the visitor experience and access to Reef HQ when it reopens to the public.
A Townsville-based company has been engaged to remove the buildings. The works are scheduled to commence on Monday 19 July 2021 and are expected to be completed by the end of 2021 (weather and conditions permitting). Works will involve:
- Excavation and machinery operations
- Safety fencing installed for pedestrians
- Scaffold erection
- Building demolition works
- Transport of waste materials to regulated waste disposal sites
- Potential altered pedestrian and vehicle traffic arrangements
The site will then act as a work base for the Principal Contractor of the Reef HQ Aquarium renewal works. To view the original media release, click here.
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