April 6, 2021
Blackbutt’s CBD will get a softer, more modern look if the South Burnett Regional Council votes to spend an extra $750,000 on revitalisation for the town.
Council officers have recommended the project’s initial $550,000 budget be expanded to $1.3 million to accommodate a number of ideas suggested by residents during two days of community consultation meetings held in Blackbutt last December.
They recommended the extra money be taken from Council’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure funding or Works For Queensland funding.
Suggested improvements include:
- Footpath and kerb rehabilitation on the northern side of Coulson Street between Hart and Muir streets
- Installing coloured footpath surfacing on the northern side of Coulson Street between Hart and Muir streets
- Footpath rehabilitation on the southern side between of Coulson Street from John Street to the full-width footpath
- Installing coloured footpath surfacing on the southern side for the full width section on Coulson Street from Hart Street
- Creating two new disabled parking bays on Coulson Street
- Adding a refuge pedestrian crossing midway along Coulson Street, including associated landscaping and a shelter
- Installing raised planters and low-maintenance vegetation along Coulson Street’s central median
- Installing softfall around playground equipment in Les Muller Park
- Relocating the Christmas Tree structure to Les Muller Park
- Removing the clock tower from Coulson Street’s central median
- Footpath renewal works in Les Muller Park, and
- Extension of footpath renewal works along Hart Street, north towards Douglas Street
Officers said without the $750,000 extra funding, improvements would be limited to refurbishing Coulson Street’s kerbs and footpaths, colouring the northern footpath and installing disabled parking bays.
Officers noted most of Blackbutt CBD’s infrastructure has either reached the the end of its useful life or is moving towards it, and will require future maintenance anyway.
However, reducing the number of defects in the CBD precinct will reduce the Council’s exposure to liability.
A future stage of the Blackbutt CBD refurbishment will include installing a roundabout at the intersection of Hart and Coulson streets.
However, officers said this improvement will require approval from the Department of Transport and Main Roads, and State or Federal Government funding.
Councillors will vote on whether to expand the project’s budget at Wednesday’s Infrastructure Standing Committee meeting.
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