Mayor Brett Otto explaining the proposed changes to the southern end of Hart Street in Blackbutt

April 22, 2021

As many car parking spaces as possible, no garden beds in the middle of the road, leave the footpaths as is and DEFINITELY no roundabout.

These were the opinions aired at a Council consultation meeting attended by about 50 Blackbutt residents at Memorial Hall on Tuesday night.

South Burnett mayor Brett Otto called the meeting to discuss options for the proposed $1.3 million makeover of the Blackbutt town centre.

SBRC General Manager Infrastructure Aaron Meehan and all South Burnett councillors – with the exception of Cr Danita Potter – were present at the meeting as well.

Mayor Otto passed around printouts of three options for the proposed redevelopment.

All three featured a roundabout near the historic Digger statue – an idea which the meeting immediately dismissed, and which Mayor Otto said was not planned to be part of this upgrade anyway as it would depend on Department of Mains Road approval.

Option 1 was the plan released early this month which provoked much discussion on social media when unveiled.

This included the creation of a pedestrian “refuge” midway along Coulson Street, including associated landscaping and a shelter (designed to make crossing the highway safer); and raised planters and low-maintenance vegetation along Coulson Street’s central median strip as well as garden build-outs in several locations along the footpaths.

Mayor Otto said the number of car parking spaces in Coulson Street in this option would drop from 96 to 79, but the number in the southern end of Hart Street would rise from 16 to 24, meaning an overall loss of nine car parking spaces.

But if all the camphor laurels were removed from the centre of Coulson Street, he estimated another eight parking spaces could be added.

The meeting voted down Option 1 unanimously.

Option 2 removed the large pedestrian refuge opposite the Blackbutt Bakery but still included garden beds in the centre median area of Coulson Street, a shade shelter in the middle of the road for pedestrians, and added garden beds along both footpaths. This would lose six car parks in Coulson Street.

Option 3 was similar to Option 2 but with a bench seat instead of a shade shelter near the Hart Street intersection.

Under all three options, there would be two extra disabled parking spaces, taking the total number in town to six.

Put to a vote, the meeting preferred Option 3 but did not believe there was a need for a pedestrian waiting area in the middle of the street.

A few planter boxes along the footpath rather than centre garden beds was also a preferred option – but only if Council would maintain them.

And barely three votes supported replacing the current pavers along one side of the street with coloured concrete.

Mayor Otto reminded the meeting that nothing was “done and dusted”.

Related articles:

Mayor Otto answered a string of questions from the floor of the meeting
Deputy Mayor Gavin Jones, Cr Roz Frohloff and Cr Scott Henschen were observing the meeting
Cr Kirstie Schumacher was taking notes about the discussion and Cr Kathy Duff answered questions about the cleaning of the new footpaths installed in Murgon
Option 3 … the preferred option, but without the roundabout, the pedestrian rest area and the centre gardens

Anderssons Fruit Market for quality fruits and vegetables

3 Responses to "Blackbutt Backs Parking Over Plants"

  1. Jacqui  April 23, 2021

    So losing 17 parking spots is acceptable? A roundabout that no one would like, and would be difficult for trucks and large vehicles? Taking away parking spots, is not the way to attract people to town. Council, listen to the ratepayers and residents

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  2. Lifetime Resident  April 23, 2021

    It is great to read the residents have had their strong points of view voiced, so only hoping now SBRC takes the residents’ concerns seriously and creates a refreshed but very practical, useable and affordable by ratepayers Blackbutt CBD area for all to use and enjoy. Blackbutt residents: keep fighting for your best options – you deserve that!

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  3. Sceptical  April 24, 2021

    The ratepayers can only hope that our Councillors are listening this time to the residents’ concerns and act upon it, i.e. repair and fix what is necessary and leave the unnecessary bling until there is money in the bank to pay for it. Or do you plan to conduct Community Consultations until you get the opinion that you want? More waste of time, money and resources?

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