- Saturday 12 December 2009
Council and contractors downed tools and left Mooloolaba Esplanade today, having created a $2 million streetscape that brings a new vibrancy to this popular coastal hub.
The barricades and noise are gone, leaving behind wider footpaths, decorative rock walls and lighting, increased trees and plants for a shaded public space which makes Mooloolaba a more pleasant place to visit and shop.
Project Manager Chris Sturgess said the vision was to create more useable open spaces within the Esplanade strip.
“The new streetscape brings opportunity for increased outdoor dining and new shade areas and street furniture offer a relaxed place to enjoy a coffee and watch the world go by,” Mr Stugess said.
“We know that delivering these streetscape upgrades, especially in high use areas, will always be difficult for traders, residents and visitors.
“However, we need these upgrades to maintain and stimulate the economy and to keep the Coast a vibrant attractive place to live and visit.
“I’m pleased we’ve been able to deliver this project in time for people to get down to Mooloolaba and do their Christmas shopping, entertaining and dining in the new look Mooloolaba.
"Hopefully the newly improved, pedestrian friendly streetscape will really benefit local business by attracting even more people to Mooloolaba.
“The theft of some pavers means we will be back on site after the busy period replacing some temporary concrete we installed in order to get the streetscape open.
“The big message is that Mooloolaba is open and looking better than ever."
The streetscape works included:
- realignment of the roadway
- reconfiguration to parking and loading bays
- footpath widening and associated works
- installation of street furniture and rock walls
- garden and tree planting
- road and decorative lighting.