The next time you take a stroll down Bulcock Street, be sure to head down to the area around Otranto Avenue to soak up its fresh new look.
The frontage of Felicity Park and the council building, down to the roundabout at Otranto Avenue, and the area outside Subway and the Otranto Café on Otranto Avenue have all undergone a facelift over the past year thanks to the first stage of the Bulcock Street Streetscape Project.
The Caloundra community, local traders, Caloundra Chamber of Commerce and Sunshine Coast Council came together yesterday, Sunday (22 January) in Felicity Park to celebrate the completion of the first stage.
Local Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said the Bulcock Street Streetscape Project is revitalising the heart of Caloundra.
“This project plays a major part in ensuring the heart of Caloundra remains a safe, friendly, commercially attractive and vibrant centre,” Cr Dwyer said.
“The completion of Stage 1 of the Bulcock Street Streetscape project has provided new footpaths, street furniture, lighting, landscaping, kerbing and road reseals to give the area a real lift.”
Caloundra Chamber of Commerce President, Alan Porter said the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce has been represented at all of the council information sessions since the Bulcock Street Streetscape was first initiated.
“We have worked closely with council to ensure that what we will end up with compliments the look and feel of a vibrant business centre and Stage 1 is certainly a great first step towards achieving this,” Mr Porter said.
“Chamber members including local business operators and marketers of our famous Bulcock Street Sunday Markets have commented on how efficiently the works were carried out and how great the completed works to date look.”
Major Projects Portfolio Councillor Debbie Blumel said it’s great to see work complete on the first stage of this Major Streetscape Project.
“The finished work looks great and has created an even more inviting place for people to enjoy,” Cr Blumel said.
“Council’s Major Projects program helps to drive a sustainable region and by delivering major streetscapes and redevelopments, council is not only helping to boost our economy but also continue to deliver great places to live and enjoy.
“The Bulcock Street revitalisation project is a great example of that commitment as it will continue to make a significant difference to this important business and tourist centre.”
Cr Dwyer extended special thanks to the local business community and to residents for their patience during the construction.
“The local traders and residents have showed considerable understanding and patience during the project works,” Cr Dwyer said.
“I thank them for the continued feedback and support throughout the construction process and wish them well for a good trading year in 2012.”
Stage 1 was completed in two parts—the first being the revamp of the frontage of Felicity Park and the old council Chambers, down to the roundabout at Otranto Avenue, and the second focused on the area outside Subway and the Otranto Café on Otranto Avenue.