Access road crowning glory for Coolum streetscape

Discussing the Park Road access plans are Cr Steve Robinson, Coolum Beach Bowls Club Chairman Ray McKenzie, Streetscape Project Manager Adam Stewart and Project Co-ordinator, Russell Higgins.

On Tuesday (11 Dec), business and community leaders will gather to celebrate the official opening of their town’s long-awaited $4.1 Coolum Village Streetscape project.
The project involved streetscape upgrades to the majority of David Low Way between Beach Road and Birtwill Street, including road and drainage upgrades, new footpaths, street trees and gardens, lighting, furniture and artworks.
Stages one, two and three of the project have already been completed and Stage Four works, which commenced in July this year, are on track for completion by Friday December 14 – barring some very minor street works, and the completion of a previously unscheduled, but very welcomed, access road.
First opened as a temporary access for vehicles while streetscape works were carried out, extensive negotiations between council and the Coolum Beach Bowls Club have resulted in a new Park Street to Elizabeth Street permanent road connection.
Scheduled for completion by Friday 21 December, the new road will see Park Street extended to the north to provide a permanent, two-way connection to Elizabeth Street permitting greater and safer access to the Library, Civic Centre, Community Centre, Bowls Club and car parking.
The new two-way formal access will also include a pedestrian footpath along the eastern side of Park Street; a raised pedestrian crossing a reconfiguration of the Bowls Club car park (with one extra car park); improved road lighting; traffic calming devices; and landscaped gardens.
The link is already in operation, albeit with traffic control in place, and its opening has allowed for the permanent closure of the right turn in and right turn out of Park Street from the David Low Way.
A new plan for the permanent Elizabeth St access road.

The community has previously flagged the secondary access road as a highly desirable option to travelling David Low Way to access community facilities. Similarly, no right turn is permitted into or out of William St from or to the David Low Way following the recent upgrades.
Along with works continuing on the access road, Council workers are this busy putting the finishing touches on Coolum’s ‘new look’ main street with the remainder of the stage four works being dedicated to:

  • Public artwork installation: installation of three of the four different art panels as created by local artists John Fuller, Blair McNamara and Carl Holder along the Coolum Beach Holiday Park fence (*NB: fourth panel, by Bianca Beetson to be installed in February 2013)
  • Completion of stone pitched wall on McDonalds/Elizabeth Street corner
  • Completion of the Coolum Beach Holiday Park footpath lighting works
  • Installation of stone pitched wall in front of Coolum Seafoods
  • Completion of two new bus shelters’ construction (Tickle Park and in front of Red Rooster) including the demolition of the existing Tickle Park concrete blockwork bus shelter
  • Completion of planting
  • Completion of western side of the Tickle Park car park lights
  • Removal of the construction workers’ site camp from the Tickle Park car park.

The remaining minor works will take place in February 2013 and council has advised that the Stage Five works are not yet slated for commencement and will be subject to future funding considerations.
Stage Five works include formalised parking to the eastern side of David Low Way from Elizabeth Street to Birtwill Street, a new planted centre median strip along the David Low Way; street tree planting and minor footpath works.
Council has thanked Coolum’s traders and residents for their patience throughout construction, and Tuesday’s official opening will celebrate the completion of the entire Coolum Village Streetscape to date (Stages 1-4).