- Wednesday 25 August 2010
Stage one of the Bulcock Street Streetscape Master Plan was endorsed at the Ordinary Meeting of council today, signalling a new era for the heart of Caloundra.
Council received overwhelming feedback in support of the Master Plan and approval follows extensive community consultation with the Bulcock Street community reference group, traders, property owners and residents.
Division Two Councillor Tim Dwyer said that council had worked closely with the local community to achieve this outcome and today's decision would be discussed by the community reference group tonight.
“This first stage will be a major step in ensuring the heart of Caloundra remains commercially attractive, competitive and also provides a safe, friendly and inviting environment for user groups, local residents and visitors,” Cr Dwyer said.
“It will contribute to the street’s unique character and environment with the provision of trees, shaded seating, pavement art and dedicated street performance zones.
“We are looking to start the works program in early 2011 with stage one completion due for completion by late 2011."
Stage one includes the area from Felicity Park to the Ortranto Street round about and includes:
- new surface treatments to resolve trip sand safety hazards, and improvedaccessibility for those with a disability through the streetscape environment
- innovative, energy efficient, road, security, and decorative architectural lighting
- additional shade trees, informal seating and public art
- new road works including integrated transport initiatives (scooter bays, bicycle racks).
Future works will include the new roundabout at Tay Avenue, to help resolve vehicle traffic and pedestrian conflicts, architectural features including a green arbour and upgraded drainage works.
Cr Dwyer said that council would be seeking funding on an ongoing basis to ensure that all elements of the master plan can be realised.
"It's also important to note that this project must recognise the importance of the fig tree replacement project, which will be open for public comment in the next few weeks."