Past decade has been one of change, improvement for M'boro
FOR Daniel Sanderson, it's just as important to look back on how far Maryborough has come as it is to plan for its future.
In the past decade, the Fraser Coast councillor says, the Heritage City has been on the road to transformation.
Cr Sanderson said the new infrastructure built in the city had gone a long way towards improving Maryborough's image.
New businesses have found their way into the central business district, including cafes such as Alowishus Delicious and Pop In, as well as new Japanese restaurant Koi set to open its doors this week.
"There is still a way to go for our city," Cr Sanderson said.
"But there are exciting things happening.
"The feelings of people have changed immensely from what it was like a couple of years ago."
He said major developments outside the CBD were also having a positive impact on the city centre.
This included the rebounding property market, improving consumer confidence and the Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions factory.
"Jobs are being created as well," Cr Sanderson said.
From the Armistice to Gallipoli Memorial to the new water play park for Anzac Park, plenty of projects had successfully been achieved or were set to go ahead in the Heritage City, Cr Sanderson said.
The council is set to spend $1 million building the first stage of the water playground, with another $250,000 budgeted to start delivering the park's master plan.
The water play park's first stage will include splash pads, fountains, a net platform, a sugar mill-themed element, an all-abilities carousel and a themed sensory wall.
In July, the council announced a $2.5 million makeover of the road and footpaths of Kent St.
Work was also scheduled in front of the City Hall, between Adelaide and Lennox streets and in a small area west of the Kent and Lennox St intersection.
"It's very similar to what's been seen in the areas that have been done: new aggregates on the footpaths, artworks and public art... (and) more green spaces," Cr Sanderson said.
"Depending on the areas, we want to make sure we keep green space in our city."
Previous stages have included a reconstruction of Bazaar St and work on roads from Ellena to Kent streets.