Division 9 Councillor Steve Robinson, Project Manager Adam Stewart and their entire working team were congratulated by local residents and businesspeople at the official opening of the $6 million Coolum Village Streetscape Project on Tuesday.
The project was delivered in four stages and involved streetscape upgrades to the majority of David Low Way between Beach Road and Birtwill Street.
Improved connectivity for pedestrians and motorists and a fresh look and feel are just some of the positives that locals and tourists will experience this holiday season as a result of multiple upgrades that included:
- Upgraded amenity buildings
- 400 square metres of new and renewed footpaths and road lighting
- 12 new formal and informal public spaces for the community
- Road and drainage upgrades – including two new roundabouts
- New footpaths and a centre planted median strip, with improved pedestrian safety
- Over 100 new trees and 8000 plants – including a dedicated town Christmas Tree
- Lighting, new street furniture and an architecturally designed bus stop
- $200,000 of public art created by local artists Blair McNamara, John Fuller and Carl Holder (with a fourth by Bianca Beetson to be installed in 2013).
“What council have achieved here is fantastic. We’ve been waiting a long time for this and you’ve only got to look up and down the main street to see how good it is,” said Coolum Business and Tourism President, Noel Mooney.
“The landscaping is great and all the businesses are happy now that it’s all done. We all had to go through a little bit of hassle to start with but we knew that was going to happen and we’re just glad it’s all finished and ready for Christmas.
“I think it’s really going to put Coolum on the map more; we’re up there with Mooloolaba and Noosa now,” Mr Mooney added.
Over 300 coast workers were involved across the four stages of the streetscape project with Cr Steve Robinson highlighting the focus on utilising consultants and workers that actually live in Coolum.
“This local knowledge and pride in their work is what you see here today. Today is a great day for Coolum. After many years of planning and many months of putting people through a little bit of heartache and disruption, we’re now just so pleased to open up this fantastic project and let the people of Coolum really enjoy why they live here,” Mr Robinson said on Tuesday.
“Thousands of hours of planning have gone into this. A particular thank you to the previous Councillor, Vivien Griffin who really worked tirelessly and tenaciously to get this project up and now we see the fruits of her labours – but also the team that worked so hard behind the scenes to make what we see today a success.
“It’s great to also see the community behind such an important project. From our point of view, we just couldn’t be more thrilled to be handing this project over to the people of Coolum.”
Just down the road, the Marcoola Streetscape project is also nearing completion, with final touches to the Marcoola Village precinct landscaping and installation of street furniture expected to be completed by the end of this week.