Gympie's town centre is being transformed into a pedestrian-friendly "Eat Street", with shaded areas and funky lighting, to secure its future as an attractive and desirable place to live, work, play and visit.
Total project cost
* Average number of Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs supported by project construction (based on Queensland Treasury's Guidelines for estimating FTE jobs directly supported by the capital work program).
Having an attractive vibrant town centre will encourage the take-up of vacant premises, boost the number of eateries offering alfresco dining, and encourage existing business to stay open longer, particularly on weekends, leading to more job opportunities.
Promoting the area as an “Eat Street” will enable producers to showcase their wares, leading to greater sales and a wider promotion of council’s Gympie Gold Regional Produce initiative.
Community events, especially at night, and more frequent markets with buskers and other entertainment will draw more locals and tourists to town to spend more time – and money.
The project will reinforce the town centre’s role as an attractive regional hub that contributes to safe, caring and connected communities, with the overall design showcasing quality public artwork and finishes based on Gympie’s past, present and future.
Innovative lighting will create a visual point of difference through a “ceiling” of light to enhance ambience and safety, while shaded areas will offer relief from daytime summer heat.
Better public safety and access to shopping and services, including compliant People with Disability parking layouts.
Extensive landscaping featuring 17 trees, to create a pleasant pedestrian microclimate and to shade shops and so cut their cooling costs, and more than 1200 native shrubs and groundcovers.
Better stormwater drainage.
Supports and builds on the existing wider town centre environment for promoting walking and cycling to ensure the region continues to promote the benefits of active transport and meets broader health and sustainability goals.
New street furniture including drinking fountains, bicycle racks, bench seats, bollards and footpath plantings
Themed lighting applied creatively to enhance ambience, wayfinding and safety
Widened pedestrian pavement areas, outdoor alfresco spaces, at-grade events spaces, designated crossing points, and improved traffic and parking layout.