Council to call tenders this weekend for $3.2m of CBD work
TENDERS will be called this weekend for the $3.2 million beautification works to be undertaken in parts of Maryborough's Kent and Adelaide Sts.
The project is expected to start in April and take 32 weeks to complete, weather permitting.
"The work will focus on Adelaide St between Ellena and Kent Sts and Kent St between Adelaide and Bazaar Sts," infrastructure portfolio councillor Trevor McDonald said.
Works include removing the footpath pavers and replacing them with exposed aggregate, asphalt overlay, minor drainage upgrades and alterations to underground services, pedestrian lighting, street furniture and streetscaping.
"The project will have a big impact on the CBD," Cr McDonald said.
"It will freshen up the CBD to make it more inviting to shoppers and investors."
Ads announcing the tender will be placed in newspapers on Saturday, January 17.
"Council will do its best to maintain pedestrian and traffic flows during the project, although the roads and footpaths may be blocked for short periods from time to time," he said.
"It is a big project and we'll be asking businesses, shoppers and visitors for their understanding as we'll endeavour to keep traffic and pedestrians flowing safely as the project unfolds."
The project was modelled on feedback and suggestions made during the Imagine This City Project, city and town centre development portfolio councillor Daniel Sanderson said.
"Beautification works were high on the list of suggestions," he said.
"I hope that business owners will take the opportunity to revamp their shops at the same time."
The project will extend the new look for the CBD that was introduced as part of the $4.4 million beautification and redevelopment of Kent St between Bazaar and March Sts, in 2008 -09.
"Car parks will not be lost as a result of the works," Cr Sanderson said.
The popular Heritage Markets will be moved to the Town Hall Green and the McDowell Carpark diagonally opposite the City Hall.
"The markets are a drawcard so we'll keep them operating to ensure people continue to visit the CBD while the project is under way."
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the rejuvenation of the Maryborough CBD is an important part of the region's economic development strategy.
"People are mobile and will travel to shop," he said.
"Our aim is to attract them here to the Fraser Coast rather than watch them go south or north.
"The project also reinforces with investors the confidence we have in our region and that we are prepared to invest in infrastructure to keep the region developing."