Brisbane City Council is revitalising Sandgate’s business centre, with works on a $720,000 project to breathe new life into the area now underway.
City Planning Chairman Julian Simmonds said Council had worked closely with the community to undertake the renewal project, which would focus on the area’s southern gateway.
“Council is committed to supporting our suburban business centres, and continues to invest in initiatives to drive economic development in local communities,” Cr Simmonds said.
“Sandgate is an important business and community hub that has grown and diversified since the area’s original Suburban Centre Improvement Project (SCIP) was delivered, with a variety of shops on Brighton Road and the former semi-industrial area on the corner of Bowser Parade and Rainbow Street now an emerging precinct with a diverse range of businesses.
“ Council is supporting this growth by revitalising the precinct to ensure it remains vibrant and accessible for residents and visitors and has worked closely with residents and the business community to make this happen.”
Cr Simmonds said the renewal project formed an important part of Council’s investment in the area as part of a continued push to drive economic activity and attract more visitors to Sandgate.
“Council received more than 400 responses from local residents, businesses and property owners as part of a survey undertaken in late 2015 to determine a clear strategy for the future of the area,” he said.
“This renewal project is just one result of the feedback received, and Council is continuing to deliver new and innovative project to enhance the area.
“Sandgate is also one of eight suburban centres to benefit from free public wifi as part of the Lord Mayor’s $1 million commitment to expand the city’s wifi services across the city.
“The SCIP renewal will deliver new pavement, street furniture, trees and garden beds at the corner of Bowser Parade and Rainbow Streets.
“Several original artworks will also be restored, including two drinking fountains ‘Bird Bath’ and ‘Kissing Fish’ by artist Katrina Steel, glazed ceramics inlaid in the pavement entitled ‘Soldier Crabs’ by Elise Goodrich and the ‘Indigenous Cultural Plaques’ by Ron Hurley and Delores McDonald.”
For more information on the Sandgate SCIP Renewal, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on 3403 8888.