Our Towns - Tin Can Bay and Cooloola Cove (Stage 3)

Project background

The third stage of the “Our Towns” Sustainable Centres Program focussed on the townships of Tin Can Bay and Cooloola Cove.

Consultation was undertaken with key stakeholders (local business owners and State Government agencies) and put on display during public consultation in mid 2015 to stimulate community feedback and discussion.

Final public consultation was undertaken was undertaken again late 2015. The community input was analysed and informed the refinement of the preliminary Concept Ideas Plans into final recommendations for each township and an overall Concept Master Plan for each.


Tin Can Bay

The ‘Our Towns’ Tin Can Bay first round implementation activity was delivered in February 2018. 

The works included much needed streetscape improvements and upgrading of footpaths to assist in better defining the local centre, creating a welcoming entry for visitors and providing better pedestrian connections between the existing retail outlets within this precinct.

These works focussed on the area from Dolphin Avenue north to Gar Street and include:

  • Significant street tree planting and landscaping to match the coastal surrounds and provide shade for pedestrians;
  • New street furniture to enhance opportunities to rest, relax and meet;
  • Precinct identity signage to give a sense of arrival to the retail area;
  • Widened pedestrian pavement areas; and
  • Renewed pedestrian crossing points to improve safety and amenity.

A new footpath link, connecting the town centre to the bay front esplanade, has also been constructed and has greatly improve pedestrian and cycle access from a large recreational precinct to the commercial hub.

Delivery of the project directly responds to the outcomes of public consultation undertaken in 2015, which identified an opportunity to boost the amenity in the township and enhance a key part of one of the region’s key tourism destinations. 

The detailed design and construction of this project was co-funded under:

  • Council’s capital works budget ($200K); and
  • Queensland Government’ s 2016-17 Grants and Subsidies Program ($192K).


Cooloola Cove

The ‘Our Towns’ Centres Program (Cooloola Cove) first round implementation activity was delivered in August 2017 in accordance with the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Funding Program deadline. The detailed design and construction of this project was co-funded under:

  • Council’s capital works budget ($200K); and
  • Queensland Government’s 2016-17 Grants and Subsidies Program ($121,600).

Implementation Phase 1 for Cooloola Cove involved the design and construction of streetscape and footpath capital improvements.

A new footpath link between Golden Hind Avenue and Retreat Court has been constructed and greatly improves pedestrian and cycle access for a large residential precinct to the commercial hub. The path includes an interpretative sign at the Mullen’s Creek tributary crossing point that informs users of the high quality environmental attributes of the Mullen’s Creek tributary.

Additionally, 36 trees plus shrubs and ground covers have been planted around the shopping centre and surrounding streets (some photos attached) to create an attractive, shaded and welcoming hub for residents and visitors. A new pedestrian refuge has also been constructed on Queensland Elizabeth Drive, providing an accessible and safe crossing point for residents to access the commercial hub.

Footpaths around the hub have been repaired and extended, with additional seating also provided around the hub and along an existing bike path.


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