Cardwell Reconstruction, Cardwell QLD

LA3 has been engaged as Landscape Architects for the landmark project to redesign the 3.5km foreshore and the townscape at Cardwell in North Queensland. The project is the outcome of an extensive public consultation and vision process held in Cardwell in 2011, post TC Yasi. Having carefully facilitated this process, our Principal Landscape Architect, Joseph Corbin developed concept options with the community then developed those community driven solutions into an agreed overall masterplan and community vision for this unique northern Australian coastal township

The township and foreshore was devastated by the category 5 tropical cyclone Yasi in February 2011. Many people lost not only their belongings but their livelihoods and many had no option but to leave Cardwell. The town is located on the Bruce Hwy adjacent the World Heritage listed Hinchinrook Island and channel. It is the only stop on the coast when travelling from Cairns to Townsville. Many hope that the new works will revitalise this seaside town and help regain the former character whilst bringing a new heart and soul to the town. The community's ongoing involvement will ensure that the outcome is unique and will hold considerable local ownership.

Joseph has also worked closely with the relevant government agencies and the engineering team to ensure all the design outcomes were buildable and within the budget set by QRA. Our scope has included site analysis, foreshore and streetscape, master planning, design development and detailed design. We are currently in the implementation phase and preparing the detail for specific elements whilst continuing to work with the community on the Art & Interpretation solutions.