A “shared community zone” in Kingaroy’s Glendon Street will cost $1.1 million for landscaping and lighting … but it will also reduce the street’s available car parks from 67 to 39

May 27, 2021

South Burnett Regional Council has revealed the Kingaroy Transformation Project upgrade of Glendon Street will slash the number of car parking spaces in the area.

At Wednesday’s general meeting, Councillors were told the “shared zone” plan for Glendon Street – designed to turn the area into a community hub – will reduce available car parks from 67 to 39.

It was disclosed earlier this year that across the whole KTP project, there will be 91 fewer car parking spaces.

The Glendon Street changes will make finding convenient parking for library users or visitors to Council’s offices even harder than it already is.

Councillors heard traders at the northern end of the street believed the loss of car parks would have a negative effect on their businesses.

The cut is also likely to affect some staff working at nearby Kingaroy Shoppingworld, who are forbidden to park in any of the shopping complex’s parking areas.

Councillors learned the Glendon Street shared zone was expected to cost $5.03 million from the KTP’s total $13.9 million budget.

Most of this will be spent repairing underground infrastructure, but about 20 per cent (ie. $1.1 million) will be spent on landscaping and lighting.

Mayor Brett Otto said he was concerned the southern end of Kingaroy Street was being overlooked by the KTP project.

He said this area – between the Alford Street courthouse and the Markwell Street BP service station – formed an important gateway into the CBD.

He believed a row of dilapidated shops, footpaths set too high and inadequate underground infrastructure could hinder development.

Mayor Otto said he had received many approaches from residents who shared his concerns about this section of Kingaroy Street. He thought a better approach might be to divert the $1.1 million funding for the Glendon Street “shared zone” into upgrading the southern end of Kingaroy Street.

He proposed Council survey Kingaroy residents to get their views on this idea.

However, the Mayor’s proposed motion drew a withering response from fellow Councillors, except Cr Kathy Duff who backed the plan.

Cr Gavin Jones said he agreed there were problems with the block the Mayor was referring to.

He also thought repairing the footpaths and underground infrastructure would likely cost $1 million, given the cost of proposed works to Blackbutt’s CBD.

However, Cr Jones said no one had ever mentioned the southern end of Kingaroy Street to him as an issue of concern. He thought deferring the upgrade to a future Budget would be a better approach.

Cr Kirstie Schumacher reminded the meeting the shared community zone in Glendon Street was a key component of the $4.5 million grant the Federal Government had put into the KTP.

Any failure to honour that commitment could have serious implications for Council.

She agreed the southern end of Kingaroy Street was a problem that concerned many residents but said going back out to the community to get their views when shovels were already in the ground was unwise.

Prior community consultations had passed the Glendon Street plan, and if Council changed course now it would show a serious lack of leadership, she said.

Crs Potter, Henschen and Frohloff agreed that the Kingaroy Street strip should be treated as a future project rather than as part of the KTP.

Cr Frohloff said she thought Council should take a tougher approach with the owner of the dilapidated shops, who has had several years to remedy the problem.

When the Mayor’s motion to conduct a survey was put to a vote, it was defeated 5-2, with only Mayor Otto and Cr Duff in favour.

Cr Roz Frohloff believes Council should take a tougher approach with the owner of a row of dilapidated shops in Kingaroy Street

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6 Responses to "KTP Slashes Glendon Street Car Parks"

  1. Fed Up  May 28, 2021

    It is now many years since these buildings were condemned. The Council seems to have not taken any action to enforce their demolition and replacement. I wonder why?

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  2. Brad Butwell  May 28, 2021

    Those shops must go. They are an eyesore and give our out-of-district visitors a very poor impression of Kingaroy. They make the town look like a town of hopeless derelicts that lacks pride.

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  3. Jane Erkens  May 28, 2021

    The community were never consulted on this plan for Glendon Street. They objected to the first plan released and were never consulted for this one.

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  4. Nanna Dot  May 28, 2021

    I don’t agree with the new proposed plan for Glendon Street especially when it reduces car parks. I complained about the Kingaroy Street eyesore years ago and received an email from Council stating that they were to demolished. I will probably die from old age first. Why would Council want to beautify Glendon Street, it’s already pretty compared to others?

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  5. B  May 29, 2021

    Well there it is, the seemingly odd aspect of this development being the “shared zone”, forms the basis of the Federal LNP grant of multiple millions in public funds.

    Despite the now rather clear, yet ridiculous, resultant loss of 91 car parking spaces from a development that was sold as a major boost for the Community and Region, the idea of vehicles and pedestrians “sharing” a section seems almost bewildering.

    The Mayor and ex-Deputy (LNP Member and Branch exec) feel this “Shared Zone” deserves to be assessed by those paying for it, the public. Raising questions further over public consultation of such projects, and seemingly ongoing issues with the Federal LNP governance over grants processes and or approvals.

    One has to ask whether the LNP approved the funding with or without public consultation and or cost/benefit analysis/reports.

    If Mayor Otto and Councillor Duff are calling for just that NOW, well post “breaking ground” on the project, it suggests there wasn’t any done prior to application and subsequent approval of millions in “taxpayer funds” as is called often enough.

    Interesting…

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  6. Julie Berry  May 30, 2021

    As I’ve said before, “common sense is not so common”. How could anyone in his/her right mind decide to reduce the number of car parking spaces in a town where parking is already at a premium. Many times I’ve had to drive around the block more than once to find a place to park which is within a reasonable distance of where I want to go. As for making Glendon Street a “shared zone”, what a disaster that will be. Also, if Glendon Street is being prepared for events such as festivals, fairs or whatever, where will everyone (stall holders, visitors) park. As for tourists, if they can’t easily find a car space, they will continue on to another town! Kingaroy Street, without question, should be included in the KTP.

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