Bulcock Street Streetscape Project
  • Last updated:
  • 05 Oct 2016

The Bulcock Street Streetscape Master Plan includes a streetscape design that builds on the existing character of Bulcock Street and make sure it remains a safe and enjoyable place for visitors and locals. The upgrade enhances the look and experience of the area, improves safety and access, and provides a new drawcard which maintains and builds a sustainable economy for Caloundra.

Project scope

The Bulcock Street Streetscape project will ensure the heart of Caloundra looks good. It will visually improve the city centre and streetscape, and improve safety, and access.

Project update

Stage 1 and 2

Stage 1 and 2 of the Bulcock Street Streetscape project are complete. As part of the wider Caloundra CBD revitalisation, Stage 3 is the next stage of the upgrade to Bulcock Street.

Stage 3 (lower)

Council started construction of Stage 3 (lower) in March 2016. This stage of the upgrade includes the area from Felicity Park to the eastern side of the Minchinton Street roundabout Stage 3 lower extent of work. A major drainage improvement for the CBD area is required as part of this work.

The streetscape upgrade will significantly enhance the look and experience of the area, improve safety and access, and provide a new drawcard which maintains and builds a sustainable economy for Caloundra.

This stage of the upgrade includes:

  • a region-first lighting feature, which will also provide shade to the street
  • a reshaped roadway and footpath, which removes the upright kerbs, for more pedestrian-focused, functional street and event space use
  • a major stormwater drainage upgrade to reduce flooding and protect the Pumicestone Passage
  • installation of advanced smart city technology, which will use information and communication technologies to connect people and processes in a way that makes the town more liveable, workable and sustainable 
  • additional street furniture, more trees and shrubs, directional signage and public art.


As part of Stage 3 (lower), a new high capacity underground stormwater drainage system has been installed along Otranto Avenue and part of Bulcock Street. It includes a major subsurface stormwater filter, which will help prevent rubbish from entering the Pumicestone Passage and improve water quality.

The drainage design allows for the new streamlined road and kerb design along Bulcock Street, where the roadway will sit flush to the kerb to create a better area for markets and events.

Tree replacement

Both council and independent arborists have determined that the existing roadside fig trees present significant safety issues caused by structural instability, property damage caused by root systems and ongoing maintenance costs. 

New advanced size street trees, of a more suitable species, will replace five fig trees in Bulcock Street during the construction process.

Council is replacing these trees while the streetscape upgrade is underway to minimise disruption to businesses and the community. More appropriate tree species have been selected and are being grown especially for the street. 

The fig trees in the roundabouts will remain.

Where to from here

Council has engaged with traders and property owners to discuss the design of the street and the proposed construction process and timing and will continue to do this. Work started in March 2016 and will be completed before the December school holidays.

Pedestrian access, vehicle movement and car parking will be retained wherever safe and practical throughout the CBD during construction. The markets and other events will continue to operate.


The project aims to provide:

  • visual and physical improvements to the city centre and streetscape environment
  • improved safety, access and a supportive environment for the extension of the evening economy
  • a catalyst for maintaining and attracting new business
  • an enhanced social environment for daily users and visitors
  • a safe and convenient environment that encourages and supports community events.

Council enhanced Stage 3 of the Bulcock Street masterplan based on findings in the Caloundra Economic Revitalisation Study 2014 (Pracsys Report).

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For more information, please contact council's Project Officer on (07) 5475 7272.