Bundaberg CBD Revitalisation

Project Overview

Bundaberg Regional Council in collaboration with the design team and with your inputs have developed a Master Plan to revitalise our Central Business District. The Master Plan was developed into detail design and construction documentation to ensure our CBD remains the vital friendly face and civic heart of Bundaberg as it has been for more than 100 years.

The CBD will continue to be the home to a healthy retail sector, our valued financial institutions and our government offices as we develop the design that builds upon the unique Bundaberg CBD qualities that have endured for a century.

Detail design and public consultation for the CBD Revitalisation was completed in 2018.

Please continue to visit this website to read about latest news, our timeline and get to know your Community Reference Group. We’ll be keeping this site updated with all the information you need to know for the Bundaberg Revitalisation, and if not, you can email us your enquiries from here as well.

CBD Design Update

The CBD Design is continuing to develop with our design consultants coordinating the complex network of services, approvals and design decisions that are required to deliver a long lasting and carefully constructed CBD.

The CBD Design now includes Tantitha Street, undergrounding overhead electricity and a two way traffic option for Barolin Street between Quay and Bourbong Streets.

As the design has progressed there has been a range of ways for the community and traders to get involved, presently you can view the plans under the Document Library to the right and email any comments to us at consultation@bundaberg.qld.gov.au

Out and About

Council and the design team engaged with traders, land owners and community representatives just prior to Christmas for the Bourbong Street between Maryborough and Tantitha Streets in the CBD.  The storefront consultation was a great opportunity to get to know a wide variety of community members and to talk through the design as it continues to develop in response to community and trader feedback.

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  • Project Launch

    February 2017

    • Expressions of interest called for urban designers
    • Nominations called for Community Reference Group (CRG)
  • Community Reference Group (CRG) Appointed by Council

    March 2017

  • Procurement Process (Design)

    March 2017 - July 2017

  • Tender Assessment - Design Contract Awarded

    July 2017 – August 2017

    Tender assessments completed and contract awarded to design studio HASSELL.

  • Preliminary Design

    September 2017 - June 2018

    • Included an engagement phase for Community and Stakeholder input to the design

    • Functional layouts developed and validated with feedback

  • Detailed Design

    June 2018 - December 2018

    • Undergrounding of overhead electricity included, along with additional design documentation for Tantitha Street. Design to be completed "Shovel Ready"

  • Construction Phase

    2020 +

    • Council is targeting construction commencement no earlier than 2020 to take advantage of Federal and State funding opportunities

    • Construction will not commence until funding is secured

  • Estimated Completion

    To Be Determined


    Please Note: This date is subject to change based on staging, external funding streams and Council approval

Community Reference Group

Council invited key stakeholders to nominate for a Bundaberg CBD Community Reference Group. A total of 23 nominations were received. At Council's Ordinary Meeting of the 14 March 2017, 15 nominees were appointed as listed on page 41 of the Meeting Minutes here.

For enquiries please email: CBDCRG@bundaberg.qld.gov.au 

All email correspondence is processed in accordance with Council’s Privacy Statement. This includes sharing email correspondence with members of the Bundaberg CBD revitalisation project Community Reference Group. A copy of Council’s Privacy Statement can be found here.

CBD Community Reference Group Profiles

Helen Blackburn - Chair
Helen Blackburn (nee Stubberfield) was born and bred in Bundaberg and is passionate about the region in which she raised her family. Helen served in the Australian Army earning an Australian Service Medal for her service to her Country. After some time living and working in Brisbane and Sydney, Helen returned to Bundaberg, recognising it as a safe place to raise her young family. Helen worked in Community based organisations such as Lifeline, Bundaberg Area Sexual Assault Service and Bundaberg Area Youth Service. Helen is a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist.

Working in corporate Australia in senior management roles with multi-national companies such as Telstra and Optus, ending her corporate career with OptiComm in the dual roles of State Sales Manager and National Marketing Manager, Helen has a wealth of experience in working with large organisations. During this time Helen served as the secretary to the Urban Development Institute of Australia Bundaberg Branch and was instrumental in assisting with the association's inaugural committee. The last 10 years in corporate Australia were spent working in the development industry, specifically in technology - fibre to the premises. Helen holds diplomas in Project Management and Business Management.

Helen has a wealth of experience in working with local councils (specifically in their land development departments) and a comprehensive understanding of community based initiatives along with a detailed knowledge of corporate Australia which enables her to think locally but envisage the bigger picture.  

Tracey McPhee
I was born in Bundaberg and have lived, schooled and work here my whole life. Prior to opening Alowishus Delicious in 2011, I worked in the CBD, as a Sales Consultant for Suncorp for 10 years. In mid 2012 my husband & I renovated and moved into the residence above Earls Court and in 2014 also purchased commercial property in the CBD. My son and daughter both attend school and daycare here in the CBD, and along with this our bank, doctor, dentist, chemist, physio, beautician, hairdresser & massage therapist are all with in 2 blocks of where we live and work. Given all this, I have a genuine interest in seeing the Bundaberg Central Business District reach its full potential and become all it can be. A place that attracts more tourists and locals alike, not only during the day, but a destination that offers a safe and family focused location for evening activities and entertainment. 

David Job
David Job has been nominated by the Bundaberg Branch of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) to be the branch representative Bundaberg CBD Community Reference Group. Through the Bundaberg UDIA Branch, David will provide input to the reference group to ensure the CBD remains relevant to the commercial, retail and community expectations of the Bundaberg community and delivers a vibrant civic hub for all residents and visitors to appreciate. David is the principle of a small business and not only understands the trials and tribulations associated with running a successful business but all commercial operations. David is involved with the development industry and has been a member of various project teams associated with developments with a combined values in excess of $1.78B throughout the Bundaberg Region and fully appreciates the needs of an efficacious CBD revitalisation project. 

Steve Cooper
Steve has operated a successful local hardware business for the past 22 years and has taken a strong interest in the development of the Bundaberg business sector. Steve has been involved with the Chamber of Commerce and has witnessed the impact on both business operators and their employees from local flood events. Steve said his store has been subjected to flooding in the past two events and is well placed to offer a perspective based on first hand experience. 

Peter Heaps
Born in Bundaberg, to a long term local business family, and attended Walkervale Primary School, and Bundaberg State High School. Married to Donna, and have two daughters. Completed four years of Certificate of Sugar Technology and a Cadetship with CSR Limited. Two years as an Industrial Chemist with Comalco at Weipa. Since 1983 Manager/Proprietor Chippindall Newsagency Bourbong Street. In 1999 purchased what is now Chippindalls Stockland Bundaberg. Owner of two commercial properties in the Bourbong Street CBD. Has 34 years of independent business experience, and was present during the initial redevelopment of the CBD during 1989. 

Peter Donaldson 
I have lived in Bundaberg since 1973 when I was appointed to a position with Ansett Airlines In 1989 when Ansett withdrew its presence in Bundaberg I bought the office in Bourbong St and have operated Bundaberg Travel Centre from that address which has been a travel office location for over 50 years. Prior to the Demise of the Airline in September 2001 Bundaberg Travel Centre was the managing agent for various Airlines who operated to Bundaberg on their behalf. My children attended West School and I served on the Committee of the P&C Association and was also as chairman. I was also on the committee of the Bundaberg West Scout Group. Bundaberg Travel has assisted various organizations and committees in the city with sponsorship and supply of travel assistance. 

John Greenhalgh 
I was born in Bundaberg into a family who have been involved with local businesses for 120 years. Through ancestry I can boast that my great grandfather Alderman F.W.Avenell and my great great uncle Mayor A.E.Avenell were present at the opening of the Burnett Traffic Bridge in 1900. I have been involved with Avenell Brothers for over 50 years and have developed it into a unique business that I believe celebrates its past and contributes a special atmosphere to the CBD enjoying national and international recognition. Recently I have played active roles in and provided sponsorship for the Winterfest Festival and the BRAG Margaret Murdoch exhibition. I believe the Bundaberg community deserves a vibrant CBD that should treasure its links to the 19th century but provide 21st century amenities and services. 

Yale Morgan 
Yale has had extensive experience in retail spanning nearly 30 years. These include electrical, I.T., fashion and Baby Goods. Over the past 8 years Yale has coached, trained and consulted with hundreds of businesses and staff in the areas of Sales, Marketing, Productivity and Systems. These businesses range from SME, to large corporates and community organisations. Along with his consulting business, Yale is currently the President of the Bundaberg and District Chamber of Commerce, Local Coordinator for Global Care and Chair of the Local Chaplaincy Committee. Not only is he passionate about growing business, but also community, as they go hand in hand. Yale's motto is "If you're not serving the customer/client, then you'd better be serving those who are". 

Trish Mears 
Trish is General Manager of Bundaberg Broadcasters, overseeing the Bundaberg region's "flagship" local commercial radio stations - Hitz 939, Classic Hits 4BU and Kix Country. Trish holds a Bachelor of Business Communication and has worked in marketing, advertising and media her whole career. Trish is a strong advocate for business and community interests in the Bundaberg region and is Vice President of the Bundaberg and District Chamber of Commerce. Trish also sits on the CQU Community Engagement Committee, as well as various other committees. She is also a Civil Marriage Celebrant. 

Adam Curran 
I am a born and bred Bundaberg local who has grown up in the local area and therefore have seen the Bundaberg CBD change over a period of 30+ years. I also now work in the CBD for NAB Business as a Business Banker and have done this for 13+ years. I believe I can provide some insight in to this revitalisation project due to having 13+ years experience in using the CBD as a customer and as a staff member. There are a number of solutions we can provide our customers/ clients and staff members of the CBD to assist them with their needs and I would love to be a part of this upgrade/ change. 

Grant Davies 
In my role as Commercial Real Estate Agent I have an extensive knowledge of the office and retail tenancies in and around Bundaberg's CBD. As we have leased a lot of these properties I am acquainted with many tenants and the landlords who own these premises. I am also appointed as property manager for a number of commercial buildings in the CBD and have a good understanding of the buildings and areas around our CBD. I am in constant contact with many business owners and landlords in the CBD and believe this will give me the ability to communicate between them and the Bundaberg Regional Council on the revitalisation of the CBD. 

Glenn Hopwood


Glenn Hopwood was born and educated in Bundaberg.  He has been a CBD Property Owner and Manager for over 20 years.  Glenn is also a Registered Builder working in the Bundaberg District.  Glenn's combination of experience in Building and CBD Management as well as his local knowledge gives him good insight into the issues and potential of the Bundaberg CBD.


Matthew Knott 
Born with cerebral palsy, Matt was raised in Bundaberg. Matt was school captain in his senior year at Shalom College, before moving away to university and working roles across Central Queensland. Matt moved back to Bundaberg in 2009, and has loved working in disability support. He sits on the local Disability Sector Network, and is passionate about seeing people with disability gain fair access and opportunity in the community. 

Kylie Goodman-Jones 
Kylie Goodman-Jones is a student representative from the School of Business and Law, Central Queensland University Bundaberg. Currently studying a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing and Human Resource Management. She is the youth member on the committee providing opinions from a youths' perspective and expressing enhancements and concerns from a youths' viewpoint. 

Peter Murray
Peter is a local, family man who has run Oasis on Bourbong Café for 9 years. The café is a successful business and Peter is here for the long term. Peter is happy to take ideas from the community and customers of his café. 

Katie Murrell
Katie Murrell is the owner, founder and director of B Transformed Allied Health and Fitness Clinics. Katie has over thirty-five years’ experience in the health industry. Katie has a keen interest in physical and mental wellbeing and has worked within the Bundaberg community as a fitness assessor and trainer, university lecturer and psychologist. In recent years, Katie has observed an increase in creativity and innovation in local business which she would like to see further developed. Katie strives to support home-grown events which stimulate the local community and economy. 

Anne Canniford
The Shoe Fringe
Peter Marles
MRH Lawyers
Snr Constable Gordon Hard
Police Beat Officer