May 15, 2018
Kingaroy’s proposed $8 million CBD Revitalisation project will be shaped by just 28 proposals from the public after submissions on the project closed two weeks ago.
The South Burnett Regional Council called for feedback after holding public consultation meetings at Kingaroy Town Hall’s Supper Room on March 22-23 – one for CBD property owners, another for CBD retailers, and two for the general public.
Residents and businesses were given a little more than five weeks to lodge a written submission if they agreed or disagreed with any parts of the proposal, or believed something important had been overlooked.
Mayor Keith Campbell said on Tuesday the most common suggestions Council received were:
- Sprucing up the car park at the rear of the banks in Kingaroy Street, and creating a new CBD car park on the former railway land behind Haly Street
- Adding short-term RV parking spaces and a dump point in the CBD
- Adding disabled car parking spaces to the CBD
- Putting up signs to direct visitors to the RV and disabled parking bays
- Putting electric charging bays in the CBD so electric car drivers could recharge their vehicles while they shopped
- Creating a new pedestrian access between Kingaroy Street and the Glendon Street car park by purchasing and demolishing an existing building
- Relocating the Haly Street pedestrian crossing near Glendon Street to a point mid-way between Kingaroy and Glendon Streets, to improve pedestrian safety
- Finding a new route for heavy vehicles to access Swickers without needing to drive along Haly Street
A proposed extension of the Town Hall forecourt across Glendon Street to form an “urban plaza” that would take in part of the Glendon Street car park did not gain widespread approval.
The Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce and Industry submitted it would like to see the CBD’s main streets upgraded before any work was carried out on the Glendon Street concept.
“There is no appetite for a Glendon Street plaza,” KCCI president Rob Fitz-Herbert said.
“We would rather see Council invest its funds upgrading other parts of town that badly need revitalisation first, then apply whatever is left to extending the Town Hall’s forecourt.”