Modified plans for Riverfront Precinct to proceed to tender

9 April 2015

Queanbeyan City Council agreed at last night's Planning and Development Review Committee Meeting to make some design modifications and to proceed to tender for the construction of the CBD Upgrades - Stage 2 project in Collett St and Queen Elizabeth Park.

The upgrades of Collett St and Queen Elizabeth Park form part of a larger project which has resulted in the beautification of Monaro St and the Lowe St entrance to the CBD.

Council resolved to make a number of modifications to the design and to proceed to tender.  These modifications include:

  • maintain the current general alignment of Collett St to achieve project savings
  • addition of on-street parking in Collett St while maintaining the avenue of tall maple trees effect
  • review the multi-use plaza area fronting Morisset St for improved child safety
  • addition of a children's playground and a water playground.

The project is to proceed to tender following the modified design being placed before Councillors at a workshop.

"I am very pleased to see this key project in Council's Four Year Delivery Program move to the next phase and the modifications agreed to by Council will address some of the concerns raised during the community consultation phase," Queanbeyan Mayor, Cr Tim Overall said.

"The Queen Elizabeth Park and riverfront area has so much potential and this development will help bring it to life and provide the community and visitors with another great community facility in Queanbeyan. Linking an activated riverfront to the city centre will also be of significant benefit to CBD businesses"

Council also agreed, if necessary, to supplement the budget for this project from a number of sources. Council allocated $4.8m in loan funding in its Delivery Program 2013-17, with around $700,000 of that spent or committed on work in Monaro St, the Lowe St entrance and design work.