Cairns, Queensland


Cairns City Council


Social Infrastructure

  • Urbanscaping


2002 – 2003 

Contract value

>$25 million 


Cairns Esplanade Redevelopment
 Lagoon and Associated Works

Fast facts

8 no.

trainees from the local Gimuy Walubarra indigenous group


total size of lagoon

100+ no.

total peak workforce on site during construction


This very complex and highly significant project for Cairns City Council involves extensive drainage works and significant hard and soft landscaping elements including integrated artworks, full saltwater pumps / piping / filtration equipment, amenity buildings, boardwalk construction, electrical works and all associated civil works. Detailed planning, close community liaison and stringent environmental controls are essential to ensure minimal disturbance to the public and the surrounding environment in a highly sensitive marine area.

Innovative solutions initiated by Seymour Whyte include the redesign of the hydraulics process which will enable the introduction of a manual salt chlorinator and offer significant ongoing operational savings. In collaboration with the client, the water reticulation design was also changed from pipework cast into the pool structure to a design involving pipework in a top accessed trench system laid after the pool slabs were poured. This will allow improved constructability, visibility and access for testing.

“The Cairns Esplanade Project has exceeded the expectations of the Cairns Community and Council. The project has transformed the Cairns CBD by injecting new business enthusiasm and growth as a result of increased visitor numbers. Seymour Whyte Constructions effective delivery of this project was a crucial factor in achieving such a successful result and is a testament to SWC’s ability to deliver a product which meets community and client expectations.”

Michael Kahler, Manager Project Services, Cairns City Council 

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