Written by Sarah Barnham, Gladstone Observer, 21 September, 2015, P.5
What started as a small sketch on a notepad more than 10 years ago has become one of Gladstone’s top housing developments. For years Boyne Island River surrounding the Riverstone Rise estate has been unreachable to residents due to private properties and bushland. But Saturday marked the grand opening of the Boyne Island river access path.
A 400m walk from the estate opens to a rather spectacular view of the 4km Boyne Island River. Project director Grant Botica it had been a long time coming; a lot of processes and planning had to go into this project.
“But I can honestly say in my 30 years of experience in the field, I have never come across a project quite like this.”
Mr Botica said when the Riverstone Rise estate idea was raised he was so excited he moved his family from Brisbane to Gladstone.
“When I heard of the plan I couldn’t wait to get started,” he said.
“We are planning for the future already – bigger and better things are sure to come from this project.
“The whole development of Riverstone Rise is an over-20-year plan, which we are only about three years into.
“We have big plans for this estate – not all are set in stone but what we have in mind will hugely benefit the community.”
Live music, food platters and a wine and dine experience was offered to all residents of Riverstone Rise and those involved in the project at the official opening of the path. The event went from noon to 5pm.