Town Centre Revitalisation Strategy

Mary Street is the original heart of Gympie and should continue to be seen as the retail and community hub of the region. Council will continue to play a lead role into the future, to ensure that this is achieved.

The CBD Revitalisation Strategy 2013-2014 Priorities, outlines a number of priority projects for the Town Centre.

A high quality and valued Town Centre contributes significantly to a prosperous and 'livable' region, supporting the economy and attracting people to visit, live, work, play and invest. A vibrant centre also provides opportunities to celebrate arts, tourism and culture and enables healthy lifestyles and community interaction, which influence our physical and mental health and wellbeing.

At the commencement of these projects a Town Centre Community Reference Group was formed (through an open expressions of interest process) to provide advice on the Town Centre Revitalisation Strategy projects and share information through their networks.

 

Town Centre Priority Projects

Council have endorsed a number of priority projects within the Town Centre to support the economy and attract people to live, work, play, visit and invest. Extensive community engagement was undertaken throughout the preparation of the projects, including on-street interviews, a Gympie Show 2014 Have Your Say stand, Feedback Forms and a public display period between 24 November 2014 and 30 January 2015 inviting people to share their views.

The next steps for these projects will see Council progressing with further detailed planning, consultation, concept refinement and implementation of high priority improvement activities into the 2015/16 financial year. Projects include:

Each project is described in further detail below.

 

Gympie Town Centre Branding and Marketing Strategy

The Gympie Town Centre Branding and Marketing Strategy was endorsed by Council on 17 September 2014, as the first step in revitalising the Gympie Town Centre. The project identifies ways to reinforce the Town Centre as the principal destination and primary retail, entertainment and service centre within the region. It also aims to deliver opportunities for attracting new businesses and tourism opportunities.

The Strategy contains a 3 year action plan to deliver activities aimed at increasing the vibrancy and attractiveness of the town centre to residents and visitors.

 

Smithfield St Concept Design

The Smithfield Street Concept Design was endorsed by Council on 13 May 2015, as part of a comprehensive Gympie Town Centre Urban Design Projects Package. The concept design will introduce new street furniture, pedestrian crossing points, significant street tree planting and landscaping, streetscape lighting, public art, and widened pedestrian pavement areas to encourage alfresco dining and encourage an 'eat street' atmosphere.

The future of Smithfield Street - Artist impression

 

Streetscape and Urban Design Palette

The Streetscape and Urban Design Palette was endorsed by Council on 13 May 2015, as part of a comprehensive Gympie Town Centre Urban Design Projects Package. The Palette contains recommendations for improved streetscape design targeted at increasing pedestrian amenity ad complimenting the existing historic character and heritage values of the Town Centre. This includes progressive amendments to provide unifying and cohesive street furniture, streetscape infrastructure and planting palette selection, to be applied consistently across the entire Town Centre.

 

Civic Precinct Concept Design (Mary Street between Monkland and Channon Street)

The Civic Precinct Concept Design was endorsed by Council on 13 May 2015, as part of a comprehensive Gympie Town Centre Urban Design Projects Package. The concept incorporates major streetscape improvements in Mary Street (between Monkland and Channon Street), including underground power to establish the framework for street tree planting to extend the green leafy character of the one-way section of the street into this section.

The concept design will introduce new street furniture, pedestrian crossing points, significant street tree planting and landscaping, streetscape lighting, public art, and widened pedestrian pavement areas to encourage alfresco dining at key locations.

 

The future of Mary Street (between Monkland and Channon Street) - Artist impression

 

Nelson Reserve/Memorial Park Master Plan

The Nelson Reserve/Memorial Park Master Plan was endorsed by Council on 13 May 2015, as part of a comprehensive Gympie Town Centre Urban Design Projects Package. The Master Plan comprises Nelson Reserve, Memorial Park and the adjacent connecting sites bounded by Jaycee Way, River Road and Monkland Streets, which will be home to a new transit facility. The future of this portion of the Master Plan will provide an interchange point for public transport for visitors, a focal point for the local bus network, additional long vehicle/ RV parking and standard parking.

The Master Plan reflects Nelson Reserve and Memorial Park's key roles within the Gympie Town Centre to provide urban parkland/ breakout space, satisfy passive recreation needs, and provide focal points for outdoor events. The Master Plan also identifies a future "Youth Precinct" for the existing pool site once the proposed Aquatic Centre is established.

Excitingly, the Master Plan will in the future provide strong connections (physically and visually) with Mary Street by proposing a pedestrian plaza (Mary Street Plaza) between the future Transit Facility and Mary Street and adjacent to Memorial Lane. This is a long term project and further work is now required to refine this concept to ensure this space integrates with the future Transit Facility and Memorial Park, Mary Street and adjacent uses.

The Master Plan included two long-term transformational Town Centre Revitalisation Strategy projects:

  • A future Transit Facility (indicative delivery in the next 5 years); and
  • A Mary Street Pedestrian Plaza (indicative delivery in 5-10 years)

 

One possible vision of the future of the Mary Street Pedestrian Plaza - Artist impression

 

Gympie Town Centre Transit Facility

The Transit Facility project provides a vital enhancement to one of the Region’s key public transport and inter and intra-regional bus/coach service terminus and the future central hub for the local bus network. The site is located between Monkland Street, River Road and Jaycee Way, adjacent to Nelson Reserve and Memorial Park. The design intent for this facility is as follows:

The Gympie Transit Facility would be located in close proximity to Mary Street whilst also enabling appropriate vehicle access for buses, coaches and taxi’s. The facility would include public amenities, cycle storage (with showers and lockers), public car parking, short stay RV parking and possibly some commercial uses such as ticket sales, car / bicycle hire and a cafe type outlet.

The Transit Facility would be linked directly into the Town Centre by a shaded and comfortable pedestrian spine. The facility would be master planned to sit within the Gympie Parkland ensuring that existing significant trees are retained and protected and new trees and gardens are incorporated to provide a lush, cool and leafy character.

Council are seeking your feedback on the Draft Transit Facility Concept Design report.

 

Mary Street Pedestrian Plaza

The proposed Mary Street Pedestrian Plaza is an at grade civic plaza space that delivers strong connections (physically and visually) between the future Town Centre Transit Facility and Mary Street and adjacent to Memorial Lane. The plaza is proposed to provide a welcoming and shaded space which incorporates retail uses to assist in activation, a pedestrian spine to direct pedestrian flow and link to transit and parking areas, connections to Memorial Lane, event space and passive seating areas/ break out space. The design intent for this facility is as follows:

Mary Street Plaza will be the primary community civic space within the Gympie Town Centre. The plaza would be a predominantly open air pedestrian space incorporating a variety of community infrastructure elements such as flexible use paved space, lawn space, public art and water features. Lighting, including decorative lighting, would be provided to facilitate public safety and to activate and make the plaza an attractive space in the evenings. Shade trees and shade pavilions would be incorporated to create a comfortable microclimate and provide an appropriate level of weather protection.

The space would be open to the public at all hours and would be activated by regular community events, pedestrian movements through the space and by commercial activities. Commercial activation could be provided by suitable uses operating from the Royal Hotel premises and by commercial kiosks built into the plaza. The plaza would be designed to be fully accessible to all.

Council are seeking your feedback on the Draft Mary Street Pedestrian Plaza Concept Design Report.

 

Town Centre Parking Assessment

The Town Centre Parking Assessment (38MB) was endorsed by Council on 13 May 2015, as part of a comprehensive Gympie Town Centre Urban Design Projects Package. One of the primary intents of the recommendations of the Parking Assessment is to maximise parking opportunities for shoppers to frequent the Gympie Town Centre and support business through increased parking turnover in high demand areas. Council will also be looking at ways to increase the connectivity of longer term outlying parking areas and promote their use. Short, medium and long term recommendations are identified in the Assessment in relation to on-street parking generally, on-street parking in Mary Street, off-street parking and general parking matters.

Short term recommendations of the Assessment being considered include assessment of loading zone use across the centre, better connecting and promoting outlying parking areas (including further investigations into connecting the Council-owned off street parking areas on Young Street into Mary Street, via an elevated public walkway), implementing a parking time limit in Mary and Smithfield Streets of 1 hour to maximise parking turnover in support of businesses and reflect existing use, and implementation of parking overstay detection devices (PODs).

Any changes to parking arrangements will be progressively implemented and a communication strategy developed to ensure businesses and the community are kept informed.

 

More information

Phone: 1300 307 800
Email: planningprojects@gympie.qld.gov.au

 

Related information

CBD Revitalisation Strategy 2013-2014 Priorities

Gympie CBD Revitalisation Strategy Community Reference Group

Smithfield Street Concept Design

Urban Design Palette

Civic Precinct Concept Design (Mary Street between Monkland and Channon Street)

Nelson Reserve/Memorial Park Master Plan

Town Centre Parking Assessment 38MB

Gympie Town Centre Branding and Marketing Strategy