- Monday 12 December 2016
A transformation of the Bulcock Street streetscape, from Felicity Park to just past the Minchinton Street roundabout, has been finished in time for the December school holidays.
Major construction is complete, the reshaped roadway and all footpaths are open, and new contemporary street furniture and extra advanced sized trees and shrubs are in place.
Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer thanked the traders and the wider community for their patience during construction.
“The streetscape upgrade is an investment to create a vibrant new look for Bulcock Street and transform the Caloundra CBD,” Cr Dwyer said.
“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.
“As with many streetscape upgrades there is a lot work that people don’t see, so I understand it can be hard for people to understand why construction takes as long as it does.
“Many underground services, including telecommunications cabling, a new water main and a stormwater filter that protects the Pumicestone Passage from pollution, were installed before work on the aboveground elements started.
“Ultimately every piece of infrastructure below and above ground improves Caloundra’s main street and the benefits reach into nearby areas.”
Owner of Bulcock Street business Sportsfirst, Sean McMichael said he had seen the benefits streetscape upgrades have in other towns and had been excited to watch the Caloundra street transform.
“I have seen the change similar streetscape upgrades brought to Beerwah and my hometown in California,” Mr McMichael said.
“Once a street is as beautiful as this one, it is amazing to see how many shops want to be there and how many people visit. It is pretty exciting to see what this does for businesses in the coming years.
“Our street will now be comfortable for customers to walk around, enjoy cafes on the sidewalk and shop.”
Caloundra Chamber of Commerce president, Michael Shadforth said the upgrade was needed and would provide new opportunities for events and activities to engage the community.
“Even though it has been a long and arduous process, it has been managed so professionally and I am excited for the future of downtown Caloundra,” Mr Shadforth said.
“It’s great to see this section of the streetscape finished. It is a much better outcome for businesses than what could have been done with a simple lick of paint.”
A modern, dynamic canopy lighting feature which uses new technology, along with several other smart technologies such as automatic traffic bollards for market days will be installed early in 2017. This also includes additional free Wi-Fi points, waste bin sensors to detect rubbish levels, LED lighting and sensors to detect car parking availability for motorists.
Visit the Smart Centre at 63 Bulcock Street to learn more about the smart technologies already being tested and the ones being installed next year.
Meter free parking in December/January
Shoppers will be able to take advantage of meter free parking in the Caloundra CBD during the Christmas-New Year period, from tomorrow Saturday, December 10 to midnight on Sunday, January 29, 2017. The parking meters will be turned off, however motorists must be mindful that the two-hour time limit will still apply in order to support customer turnover for local businesses in the area.
Christmas in Caloundra shopping promotion
The Caloundra Chamber of Commerce, supported by Sunshine Coast Council, has fun family Christmas activities planned for Caloundra. Visit Santa’s Workshop every day between 10-23 December for Santa photos (11am-2pm), face painting, balloon art, lolly bags, kids’ activities and free gift wrapping.