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Top tips for holidaying at home this Easter in Gladstone

As we hop into Autumn, Easter in Gladstone is just around the corner – and we cannot wait!
To make it easier to head harbourside and enjoy all the events taking place, Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said Council has put together some ‘top tips’ for residents and visitors alike. 
“With so much happening around Gladstone this Easter long weekend, Council reminds residents to be aware of changed traffic conditions and take advantage of the free Gladstone CBD shuttle bus service,” Councillor Burnett said.
Parking will be available at the Gladstone PCYC (shuttle bus pickup point), the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre (GECC) multi-level car park (entry via Oaka Lane), Gladstone City Library car park in Central Lane and the Gladstone Regional Council car park in Central Lane (shuttle bus pickup point).
Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) will temporarily re-open Flinders Parade (adjacent to the rail line) to traffic on Good Friday 19 April to Easter Monday 22 April. The road and car parking will close to traffic again on Tuesday 23 April. 
Temporary car parking on the corner of Lord and Goondoon Streets will also be available, except from 6am–11am, Friday 19 April and all day Sunday 21 April. 
Shuttle bus times
The service will run between the Gladstone CBD, Gladstone Harbour Festival, Gladstone Yacht Club and the Brisbane to Gladstone (B2G) Village. 
6am-noon, Good Friday, 19 April
9am-10pm, Easter Saturday, 20 April
2pm-10pm, Easter Sunday, 21 April
Shuttle bus pick-up/drop-off locations
Gladstone PCYC, 53 Yarroon St, Gladstone Central 
Gladstone Regional Council car park – 70 Central Lane, Gladstone Central 
B2G Village/Gladstone Yacht Club, 1 Goondoon Street, Gladstone 
Gladstone Harbour Festival, GPC Marina Parklands, 98 Bryan Jordan Drive, Gladstone
Boat ramp
The Goondoon Street Boat Ramp will also be closed to the public from Wednesday 17 April to Monday 22 April, reopening on Tuesday 23 April. 
In the interest of public safety, those planning to get out on the water this Easter are encouraged to use the boat ramp located at the Volunteer Marine Rescue building on Alf O’Rourke Drive, Gladstone.
Gladstone Harbour Festival fireworks
Lighting the sky, four nights of breathtaking fireworks are planned for the Gladstone Harbour Festival. During this time there will be loud noises, so please ensure you make yourself familiar with the following details. The fireworks will be staged from Victoria Park, Auckland Hill. There will be NO access to this area one hour either side of fireworks. 
Fireworks displays:
7.40pm, Thursday 18 April
9.00pm, Friday 19 April
9.00pm, Saturday 20 April
8.30pm, Sunday 21 April
Please note times are approximate and subject to weather and change
Gladstone Harbour Festival Street Parade road closures 
The Gladstone Harbour Festival Street Parade will be held on Sunday 21 April 2019 at 4.30pm.  
To ensure the safety and enjoyment of participants there will be road closures along the parade route from 3pm-6pm.   
The parade will travel:
Through the GPC Marina Parklands (Bryan Jordan Drive)
Over the Matthew Flinders (Gladstone Marina) Bridge, left on to Lord Street
Finishing next to Pat’s Tackle World, 21 Lord Street
The following roads will have closures: Bryan Jordan Drive, Lord Street, Central Lane. 
There will be no access over the Gladstone Marina Bridge during the road closure times. All access to the Marina Parklands will be via Alf O’Rourke Drive only. 

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