- Monday 27 October 2014
Sunshine Coast Council and the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce are considering a number of projects to help shape the future of Caloundra CBD, following extensive research and consultation this year.
Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said the research had focused on revitalising Caloundra’s traditional CBD in Bulcock Street and surrounding areas.
“This research partnership with Caloundra Chamber of Commerce and funded through the parking meter revenue collected in the area, is focused on enabling the Caloundra CBD to better position itself for investment, business and employment growth into the future,” Cr Dwyer said.
“As the Sunshine Coast grows and demographic changes occur, the Caloundra CBD needs to ensure that it can take advantage of the opportunities that come its way and become a vital, vibrant and attractive business, shopping and social experience.
“Caloundra’s successful evolution will depend on a mix of tenancies such as speciality shops, health, professional and retail outlets, which will allow Caloundra to maintain a point of difference from other locations and continue to be a popular precinct.
“Accessibility, safety and public facilities were unsurprisingly identified as some of the community’s top priorities – and people also want to see more cultural and nightlife activities to make the CBD a more vibrant area.
“Council is now working through the research findings with the Chamber to consider a number of projects”.
“As projects are developed there will be ongoing consultation with the community and traders”.
“These projects are in addition to the first stages of the Bulcock Street streetscapingand the recent public art and graffiti management project transforming Lamkin Lane.”
Councillor Dwyer said community engagement activities included local focus groups and an online survey.
“The organisation which undertook the Caloundra CBD research project on behalf of the Chamber and council engaged with Caloundra residents, traders, commercial and investment property owners, and visitors and potential visitors to the area,” Cr Dwyer said.
“Thank you to everyone who completed the survey or participated in the focus groups – this input will help shape the future of the Caloundra CBD.
“I’m looking forward to working alongside the Chamber of Commerce to develop revitalisation strategies now that the research findings are available.”