Public consultation for the first stage of Kingaroy’s multi-million CBD upgrade seems likely to occur in March or April.
On Tuesday, South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell said he will be meeting with JFP Urban Consultants (JFP) next week.
JFP were commissioned to start design work on the Kingaroy project last November.
The company previously worked on the Nanango Town Centre streetscape project.
Mayor Campbell said he hoped next week’s meeting would help the Council set a firm timeline for when the public consultation process can begin.
It is believed the streetscaping project would include construction of a large sealed car park on vacant railway land at the rear of Haly Street’s shops that would connect to the existing King Street carpark.
Haly Street and part of Kingaroy Street – possibly as far as Markwell Street – would both be beautified.
Depending on public feedback, the upgrade may also include the closure of part of Glendon Street so the Town Hall forecourt could be extended across the road to form a “civic square” town centre.
The Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce and Industry expressed strong interest in being involved in the project at its December meeting.
Several other groups are also understood to be keen to have a say.
Mayor Campbell said he expects the designers to develop concept drawings to show what changes are being proposed, in a similar way to the Nanango CBD, Blackbutt Memorial Hall and Wondai Town Common projects.
“I think these are essential for any public consultation process,” the Mayor said.
“People want to see what the changes might look like, not chat about ideas.”
In December, the Council voted to apply for a $2 million grant from the infrastructure stream of the Building Better Regions Fund.
If its grant application is successful, the Council will also contribute $3 million of its own funds towards the project.
Work on the CBD upgrade is expected to begin next financial year.