Bulcock Street Streetscape Project
  • Last updated:
  • 09 Jul 2017

The Bulcock Street Streetscape Master Plan includes a streetscape design that builds on the existing character of Bulcock Street and make sure it remains a safe and enjoyable place for visitors and locals. The upgrade 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.

Project scope

The Bulcock Street Streetscape project will ensure the heart of Caloundra looks good. It will visually improve the city centre and streetscape, and improve safety, and access.

Project update

Stages 1, 2 and 3

On ground construction works for Stage 1, 2 and 3 of the Bulcock Street Streetscape project are complete.

Development of the major lighting feature incorporated as part of Stage 3 (lower Bulcock Street) works remains in progress. 

The lighting feature will provide a dynamic and modern focal point to light up Bulcock Street at night and complement the upgraded street lighting. Installation is expected in 2017.

Stage 4

Council has commenced planning for Stage 4 works.

The construction footprint for Stage 4 (Upper Bulcock St) extends from Minchinton Street to Knox Street and will complement the design and character of Stage 3 works.

Construction is expected to take place between February - November 2018 (subject to funding), with construction halted for the Easter period - 31 March – 2 April 2018.

Stage 4 improvements will include new footpaths, additional street furniture, new trees and shrubs, directional signage and public art.

Smart City technology will be incorporated using information and communication technologies to connect people and processes in a way that makes the town more liveable, workable and sustainable. This includes automatic traffic bollards, additional free Wi-Fi points, sensors for waste bins and car parking, and LED lighting.

The roadway will be reshaped and upright kerbs removed to ensure continuity and connectivity from lower Bulcock Street.

Investigation work and discussions are in progress with utility providers such as Unitywater, Telstra, TPG and Energex to determine the condition of existing infrastructure and the extent of upgrades required.

Council will use the learnings from the previous stages of construction to inform the construction approach to Stage 4 works.

As has been the case in previous stages, local businesses and the community will be kept informed about the project, ahead of works commencing and during construction.

Drainage

As part of Stage 3 (lower), a new high capacity underground stormwater drainage system has been installed along Otranto Avenue and part of Bulcock Street. It includes a major subsurface stormwater filter, which will help prevent rubbish from entering the Pumicestone Passage and improve water quality.

Tree replacement

Both council and independent arborists determined that the existing roadside fig trees present significant safety issues caused by structural instability, property damage caused by root systems and ongoing maintenance costs. 

New advanced size street trees, of a more suitable species, are replacing the majority of fig trees in Bulcock Street. Council is replacing the fig trees while the streetscape upgrade is underway to minimise disruption to businesses and the community. The new trees have been selected as the best species for the new look Bulcock Street and were grown especially for the street.

The fig trees in the roundabouts will remain.

Overview

The project aims to provide:

  • visual and physical improvements to the city centre and streetscape environment
  • improved safety, access and a supportive environment for the extension of the evening economy
  • a catalyst for maintaining and attracting new business
  • an enhanced social environment for daily users and visitors
  • a safe and convenient environment that encourages and supports community events.
The Bulcock Street masterplan is based on findings in the Caloundra Economic Revitalisation Study 2014 (Pracsys Report).

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Contacts

For more information, please contact council's Project Officer on (07) 5475 7272.