- Friday 05 February 2016
Caloundra’s Bulcock Street, from Felicity Park to Minchinton Street roundabout, will soon be transformed as part of an ongoing streetscape upgrade by council.
The streetscape design includes a region-first light feature, a reshaped roadway and footpath for more functional street and event space use, a major stormwater drainage upgrade to reduce flooding and protect the Pumicestone Passage, and installation of advanced smart city technology.
It is the third stage of improvements delivered for Bulcock Street over the past five years.
Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said the significant streetscape, drainage and smart city projects had been very well received by traders and the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce at an initial briefing.
“There was tangible excitement amongst traders, Chamber members and the CBD Taskforce when council presented these exciting projects at a meeting this week,” Cr Dwyer said.
“The positive feedback from our meeting demonstrates that we’re heading in the right direction.
“The streetscape upgrade will significantly enhance the look and experience of the area, improve safety and access, and provide a new drawcard which maintains and builds a sustainable economy for Caloundra.
“The upgrade will encourage more people to visit the town to support businesses and encourage extra activities such as evening trading and events.
“We can look forward to a new look Bulcock Street with new footpaths, a new street profile which removes the upright kerbs and provides a more flexible and functional pedestrian-focused road design, additional street furniture, more trees and shrubs, directional signage and public art.
“Perhaps the most exciting elements are the advanced smart city technology and the canopy of bespoke lights suspended above the street.
“Incorporating smart technology will make our town more liveable, workable and sustainable.”
Chamber of Commerce President and CBD Taskforce Member Michael Shadforth said that the community’s patience would be rewarded with the delivery of the new projects.
“The Bulcock Street major facelift will help to further define our unique position in the Sunshine Coast market and, along with the Caloundra Masterplan, enhance our reputation as not only a friendly and welcoming community but a great place to conduct business.”
Business owner Sara Lloyd, of Chilli Jam Café in Bulcock Street, said that she and her partner were planning to extend and renovate their business in light of the plans for Caloundra’s future, particularly the streetscape upgrade.
“We love the plans for the street and while there will be some unavoidable inconvenience for our business and customers during construction the end result will be worth it,” Ms Lloyd said.
“We are all for improving Caloundra, enhancing our customers’ experience and encouraging support for local businesses in the area.”
- A key feature of the streetscape design is a canopy of bespoke LED lights that weave across the street to create an enchanting focal point and light up the street at night. The lighting canopy will double as a shade feature during the day [Note: artist impressions to be made available once produced in March.]
- Pedestrian access, vehicle movement and car parking will be retained wherever safe and practical throughout the CBD during construction, and the markets and other events will continue to operate.
- New advanced size street trees will replace five fig trees in Bulcock Street during the construction process. Both council and independent arborists have determined that the roadside fig trees present significant safety issues caused by structural instability, property damage caused by root systems and ongoing maintenance costs. Council is replacing these trees while the streetscape upgrade is underway to minimise disruption to businesses and the community. More appropriate tree species have been selected and are being grown especially for the street. The figs in the roundabouts will remain.
- A new high capacity underground stormwater drainage system will be installed along Otranto Avenue and part of Bulcock Street. It will include a major subsurface stormwater filter (a gross pollutant trap as installed recently in Maroochydore), which will help prevent rubbish from entering the Pumicestone Passage, greatly enhancing water quality. This drainage design also allows for a streamlined road and kerb design along Bulcock Street, where the roadway will sit flush to the kerb to create a better area for markets and events.
- Construction will start in March and is expected to continue until November this year, with work to stop completely over the Queensland Easter school holidays.