Queanbeyan City Council approves significant CBD upgrade

Queanbeyan City Council last night agreed to award a contract for construction of the CBD Improvements Stage 2 project, which will see a major redesign of Queen Elizabeth Park along the riverfront and significant improvements to Collett St.

The company who have been awarded the multi-million dollar tender will be formally announced in the next few days. The project is due to start in the New Year period and is expected to be finished by the end of 2016.

Already, as a part of this project, Council has made improvements to Monaro St, including tree plantings, tree lighting, gateway and CBD banners; the buildings repainting program and significant care and upkeep of the median strip garden. Earlier this year trees were also planted along Collett Street, adjacent to the underground Riverside Carpark.

Queanbeyan Mayor Tim Overall said the redevelopment would turn the area and the CBD into a place of pride for the city.

He said one of the main drivers of the CBD redevelopment (Stage One was the Crawford Street Lifestyle Precinct) was the CBD Masterplan which incorporates the community’s wish for a well-presented and activated CBD with the right environment in which to stimulate the Queanbeyan economy.

“The development will revitalise the riverfront and attract many people from residents to visitors. The area is one of the older parts of the CBD and it is long due for a makeover. I look forward to seeing the final result and to enjoying many evenings taking in the natural beauty of the river in our wonderful new parkland setting,” Cr Overall said.

Construction will include soft and hard landscaping, including the creation of a plaza area, with green space for markets and events; a water’s edge walkway; an interactive water playground with new play equipment for families; a bbq, and new evergreen and deciduous trees for protection, shelter and beauty. Along Collett Street there will be a narrowing of the road near the bridge and kerb and guttering work, as well as new trees on the park side of the road.

For more information contact Tonia Liosatos - Communications and Grants Coordinator on 6285 6588 or 0458 000 955.