News Date: 13 Apr 2017
Minister for Small Business Leeanne Enoch today this week paid a visit to the newly upgraded Caloundra CBD to see first hand the benefits the upgrade brought for the region.
The recent upgrade included a reshaped roadway, new footpaths and contemporary street furniture, and extra advanced size trees and shrubs.
There were also significant upgrades to underground services, such as telecommunications cabling, and new water main and a stormwater filter that protects the Pumicestone Passage from pollution.
This $5 million project was a joint funding initiative of the Queensland Government and Council.
Ms Enoch met Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson and proceeded with a planned tour of the CBD.
“It was great to touch base with traders again today to hear how their business is going now the majority of upgrade work has been completed,” Ms Enoch said.
“It’s lovely to see that the redevelopment has provided upgraded facilities for visitors and locals, and that the Caloundra CBD has retained its historic and authentic character.
“The CBD offers an interesting and diverse range of shops, with businesses focused on providing unique products, services and experiences.
“It’s one of the last known ‘high streets’ in the area and provides visitors with a true local experience,” she said.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said the upgrade was an investment to create a vibrant new look for Bulcock Street and transform the Caloundra CBD.
“It enhances the look and experience of the area, improves safety and access, and provides a new drawcard which maintains and builds a sustainable economy for Caloundra,” Mayor Jamieson said.
The Andrews Labor Government has announced that important geotechnical investigations will start shortly within the Waterways estate wetlands to enable the project to progress to its next stage.
The final 20 girders needed to build the Warrell Creek bridge are now being put in place, bringing completion of the $380 million upgrade of the Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads section of the Pacific Highway one step closer.
The Western Australian Government has completed works on 15 new overtaking lanes on Great Eastern Highway in the Goldfields region.
The community of Colac has celebrated the official opening of the Bluewater Leisure Centre which will aim to provide modern health and recreation facilities set to invigorate active lifestyles in the region.
A new road linking Main North Road to residential developments east of Gawler has been given the green light, paving the way for jobs and further investment in Adelaide’s north.