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 email@example.com
No, Council will not be considering a mall.
A cluster of toilets will be located at the intersection of Bourbong and Barolin, a second cluster will be located at the intersection of Bourbong and Targo, and a third cluster will be included at the intersection of Bourbong and Tantitha Street. These toilets will be designed and arranged to discourage anti-social behaviours while contributing to the positive image of the CBD, they will be architecturally designed to blend in with the urban design theme of the CBD.
The existing Pavillion, Police Beat and Toilets are intended to be removed and replaced in new locations as part of the project works. The toilets will be in two new locations and will include improved disability access and baby change facilities. The Police Beat location is under discussion and a new open and flexible shelter structure will be provided at the current location with new plaza pavement for place activation.
We are currently investigating a range of opportunities to adjust traffic flow to provide for more enjoyable pedestrian use of the CBD whilst maintaining vehicle accessibility. Two-way traffic flow will be maintained along Bourbong Street. Two options are being designed for Barolin Street, including a two way traffic option in addition to a one way southbound from Quay Street to Bourbong Street, and two way from Bourbong to Woongarra Street. Targo Street between Quay and Woongarra Street will be two-way as it currently exists, as will Tantitha Street.
Preliminary design ideas are being considered however we actively want community involvement to ensure the furniture reflects the look and feel the community wants to see in the CBD. We’ll be posting more information on this webpage as the design develops.
We are working to minimise the amount of excavation within the CBD. In some locations, we may need to lower or raise the current ground level to provide for improved walkability and disabled access. We are replacing the Water Mains on Barolin, Targo and Tantitha Street including property service connections. New underground stormwater drainage will be installed on Barolin, Targo and Tantitha Streets to improve drainage in these parts of the CBD, and undergrounding of electrical mains will also occur on these side streets.
Broadly, there will be minor impacts to car parking within the overall CBD precinct. Within the core CBD scope of this project car parking numbers within specific blocks and side streets will be adjusted to accommodate improved pedestrian environments. This is expected to have a modest impact on parking numbers. This means that in some areas we may gain car parks and in some areas we may lose car parks, the actual changes are not fixed as design is still maturing. Council is also investigating alternate off street parking opportunities.
No, parking and traffic congestion are issues across the entire CBD precinct but a multi storey car park does not form part of the revitalisation.
In order to understand who is participating in the forums and to manage conversations you will need to have a login and password. If you don’t want to, never fear you can still read all the information and participate in the surveys we run.
The best way is to make contact with the Community Reference Group (CRG) members, you can find their details on this page and drop in and talk to them about the project. Otherwise, you can contact the Project Team via panel below.
Council has decided to invest in the heart of Bundaberg as part of an ambitious vision to create the most vibrant, engaging and innovative CBD in regional Queensland. In recent years, Council has been progressively upgrading streetscapes across the region including Childers, Gin Gin and Burnett Heads and is now turning its focus to boosting economic activity in the heart of our region. There is growing shop vacancies in the CBD which requires a concentrated effort from Council, traders, property owners and the public to overcome.
Council has growing exposure and liabilities in the CBD such as the footpaths, particuarly due to the existing pavers. This is both in terms of trip hazards and general wear and tear with many of the pavers now reaching end of life and having previously been turned to increase lifespan. New pavers can't be procured to match existing while cleaning is leading to settlement issues at growing operational and maintenance expense. Existing cross falls don't meet current Australian Standards for mobility access, which are generally acceptable until replacement and application of new standards are triggered. This leads to a cascading affect across the street where footpaths need to be lifted, directly impacting the stormwater drainage and kerb and channels requiring modification so the drainage systems still function. Changes to kerbs leads to changes in asphalt levels in the car parks and street levels. All of these types of changes impact upon the existing utilities requiring their modification as well such as water meters, sewer maintenance holes, fire hydrants, telecommunication pits and gas valves to name a few.
Investment plans for asphalt overlays and rehabilitation are also impacted as Council doesn't want to invest large sums of money in rehabiliting asphalt surfaces only to find their useful life is reduced due to footpath changes. These are some of the examples that ultimately the CBD Revitalisation will resolve.
There are other sections of the CBD such as Tantitha St which have numerous material types in the footpath nearing end of life. Any investment in improving these (be it by new development or council replacement) requires a holistic "blue print" for new levels and grades that meet current Australian Standards and provides certainty to everyone that such investment won't be wasted. These types of changes can't be implemented on a shop front by shop front basis without great difficulty in matching existing surfaces and grades, and in some cases (because of drainage limitations) can't be done at all. This may lead to adhoc and temporary replacement of footpaths to substandard conditions adding to Councils liabilities.
To avoid a "patchwork quilt", unplanned and reactive approach to the growth of the City, Council seeks to permanently resolve the above issues with the CBD Revitalisation. Doing so will provide a strategic approach to upgrades, certainty for investors and offer a forward looking vision to meet the current and future needs of our region.
Councils current estimates expect staged construction starting in 2020 through to mid 2021 with appropriate construction pauses during the Christmas season. The extent of staging is not yet resolved and forms part of the detail design and documentation process which has just started. We will continue to refine these timeframes and update stakeholders on this page as we go.
The CBD Community Reference Group (CRG) has been established to act as a reference point for the community to provide feedback to the Bundaberg Regional Council in regard to the design, construction and operation of the Bundaberg CBD Revitalisation project. They provide a direct conduit for Bundaberg Regional Council to formally respond to community feedback on the project.
Council reviewed project progress at the 30% design hold point, including the scope, latest design concepts and costings. As a result of this review, Council cancelled construction and re-scoped the project to include initiatives identified through consultation, while also encompassing a larger area inclusive of extra costs for staged night construction and undergrounding of services. The project is now estimated to cost approximately $30 million. Mayor Jack Dempsey said Council was still fully committed to the revitalisation and he believed an even better project can be delivered at a reduced cost to ratepayers “Council has now put aside its original plan to provide up to $16 million but will allocate $10 million which needs to be matched by the State and Federal governments. This effectively is an immediate saving of $6 million for ratepayers".
Changes to the original design scope included:
Construction work for the CBD Revitalisation project is now unlikely to start prior to 2020 and pending funding. Council will provide a minimum notice of 6 months prior to any project work commencing in the CBD. Council is also conscious of construction impacts to trading business, while this can't be avoided further consultation will occur to lessen impacts once project funding has been secured and a contractor has been engaged.
A crucial element to the CBD revitalisation project was finalised at Councils Ordinary Meeting of 29th August 2017 appointing design studio, HASSELL to undertake the design work associated with the $16 million revitalisation.
HASSELL was one of three design consultants shortlisted to tender for the design of the CBD revitalisation. The design contract awarded to HASSELL Limited is valued at $1.589 Million. A copy of the media release can be read here.
Councils CBD Project Manager Mr Dwayne Honor, along with Community Reference Group member, Mrs Tracey McPhee met with members of the Seniors Network on the 8th May to discuss the CBD project. A number of key issues were raised and the following feedback was gathered:
A Community Reference Group has been appointed to assist Council with the revitalisation of the Bundaberg CBD.
Council called expressions of interest for an urban design specialist to bring the community’s ideas to life. Expressions of Interest closed on the 28th February 2017. Following completion of the evaluation of Expressions of Interest, either two or three respondents will be selected to prepare a concept plan for the Bundaberg CBD Revitalisation. The issues and ideas identified via the community surveys and the Bundaberg CBD Community Reference Group will be submitted to the selected urban designers to guide their design proposal.
Concept design plans are due in May 2017. Council expects to commence detailed design in July and construction in early 2018.