Maleny’s soul reflected in streetscape design
  • Friday 17 July 2009

Council is all set to commence the long anticipated Maleny streetscape upgrade, with construction work starting late July at the front of Cooke Park.

The upgrade involves carefully considered changes to Maple Street in central Maleny that will complement the charm and essence of the picturesque hinterland town.

The project extends from Myrtle Street to the Obi Obi Creek Bridge and stage one includes an upgrade to the Cooke Park frontage, a new Coral Street roundabout, Teak Street intersection, the addition of alfresco dining, street tree planting, new paving, street furniture, public art and signage.

Cr Jenny McKay said that she is pleased these works are about to take place.

“The upgrade will reflect the vivid, diverse and thriving nature of the Maleny community,” Cr McKay said.

“The roundabouts designed for Coral Street and Myrtle Street, and the intersecting of Maple Street are paramount to safe vehicular movements for the community.

“The project not only addresses the need, but takes into consideration the unique quality of the Maleny township while allowing for additional trees and street furniture, which will further enhance the current streetscape,” she said.

The first stage of construction will focus on the frontage of Cooke Park on the corner of Fig Street and Maple Street from late July weather permitting.

Materials for the Maple Street upgrade will be carefully selected to reflect Maleny’s character. The use of timber, local stone and artwork will also be encouraged.

The project is the result of extensive community consultation and cultural mapping. Feedback from the community stressed the need for the upgrade to be unique to Maleny, incorporating the artistic, rural, historic, cooperative and organic nature of the community.

A large version of the plan will be on display at the Maleny Library until Monday 17 August and available to view on council’s website.

The Department of infrastructure, transport, regional development and local government has provided council with $311,000 under the Community Infrastructure Program. Community infrastructure investment is a key component of the Australian Government's $42 billion Nation Building – Economic Stimulus Plan that will help support Australian jobs. This funding will enable the construction of the Cooke Park frontage works, which include shelters, paving, seating, artwork and street trees.