- Last updated:
- 21 Sep 2016
Beerwah is identified in the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031 as a future major regional activity centre for the Sunshine Coast. Since 2011, Council has worked closely with the Beerwah community to plan the town's future.
Council and the community have worked together to develop the PLACE+ Beerwah project and deliver a Community Action Plan and a Council Action Plan. These action plans are guiding Beerwah's growth into major regional activity centre.
Key actions of the council action plan are:
- implement the $4 million Simpson Street public domain improvements
- develop of a public domain masterplan.
Work to upgrade Beerwah’s Simpson Street is almost complete. The upgrade will bring a fresh look and feel to Beerwah, while retaining the modern country feel the community vlaues.
Businesses in Simpson Street and surrounding areas will be open during construction. Please continue to support these businesses by shopping locally first.
On-street parking on Simpson Street will change regularly during road and landscape contruction work. Alternative car parking is available in the large, recently expanded car park (opposite the medical centre and Aldi). Temporary parking is available in Turner Street and the railway station car park.
All major components of the Simpson Street upgrade were completed in April 2014. Street furniture and art work are due to be installed during June 2014.
The end result will be a safe, pedestrian-friendly town centre that:
- considers environmental sustainability
- continues tourism links with the Glasshouse Mountains
- strengthens local business in the area.
Key aspects of the upgrade include:
- improved road infrastructure
- raised pedestrian crossings to create a low speed environment
- new seating and provisions for outdoor dining
- active open space and civic areas, including:
- increased footpath space
- improved lighting
- shade trees
- public art to capture the community spirit of Beerwah
- landscape design that reflects Beerwah’s history, with a contemporary edge
- underground power lines, co-funded by Energex as part of the Community Powerline Enhancement Program
- construction of new shared pathway along the western side of Simpson Street, part funded by the state government as part of the South East Queensland Cycle Network Program.
View the plans for Simpson Street.
Council received public domain funding from the Queensland Government for the Simpson Street upgrade. The PLACE+ Beerwah Public Domain Improvements – Simpson Street is a joint initiative of Sunshine Coast Council and the Queensland Government.
The Place+ Beerwah Public Domain Masterplan was adopted at council's ordinary meeting on 22 May 2014. It provides strategic direction and guides the Simpson Street public domain improvements.
Where to from here
The official opening of the Simpson Street streetscape work will occur in the latter half of 2014.
Council will keep the community up to date as other projects from the Council Action Plan are scheduled.
An umbrella community organisation for Beerwah meets monthly. This community organisation has a coordination role in delivering the Community Action Plan - an exciting way for people with a passion for Beerwah to get involved and make a difference. Council's project coordinator for the Simpson Street upgrade will attend these community meetings during construction.
The PLACE+ Beerwah project started in November 2011. Council has engaged extensively with the Beerwah community, traders and property owners throughout the project to identify a collective vision for Beerwah, develop a Community Action Plan, a Council Action Plan, and a public domain masterplan, and implement $4 million public domain improvements.
To see what the community said, read the PLACE+Beerwah Newsletter.
For information about the upgrade of Simpson Street, contact the project officer via council's customer service centre.
For information about the Beerwah community meetings, contact council's Community Development Officer on (07) 5420 8816.