Client: Gladstone Area Water Board.
· Preparation of brief
· Conceptual design
· Budget preparation
· Design development
· Detailed design
· Project management and Supervision
Lake Awoonga comprises a significant body of water (4000ha) in a spectacular mountainous setting and was formed by the impoundment of the Boyne River at the Awoonga Dam site in 1985. The site is located approximately 24km south of the city of Gladstone, Central Queensland and is managed by the Gladstone Area Water Board.
In 1991, the board commissioned Nick Alderson to prepare concept designs and budget estimates for the prospective expansion of its lakeside recreation area. The first stage of this development subsequently took place over the next two year period during which time the Coomal and Riverston Bay picnic sites were completed. Specific elements of the development included:
· Restaurant / Kiosk.
· Picnic shelters and furniture.
· Play environments.
· Recreational beach.
These features have been incorporated in an integrated landscape setting of lakeside trails, terraced native gardens, dry rainforest plantings and a rainforest gully and waterfall feature.
Stage 2 of the expansion comprised the design and development of an additional lakeside recreation area at the Ironbark Gully site. This development was specifically designed to cater for a mix of active and passive recreation elements including performance area, volleyball courts and play areas set within an open landscape of rolling grass.