Upper Mary Street Revitalisation

Project background

The Upper Mary Street – Preliminary Concept Design (for streetscape improvements between Monkland and Channon Street), was endorsed by Council on 13 May 2015, as part of a comprehensive Gympie Town Centre Urban Design Projects Package.

The identified urban design projects, including the Upper Mary Street Preliminary Concept Design, were the product of a Gympie Town Centre Revitalisation Strategy Scoping Study.  

The objective of this study was to gain an understanding of the commercial and physical challenges facing the town centre and to identify potential intervention options for its reinvigoration.

The Upper Mary Street Revitalisation Project was identified as one of a number of priority projects highlighted by the study to provide a significant contribution to overall Town Centre revitalisation and encourage investment and improved economic development.


Project summary and objectives

The pre-detailed concept design for the Upper Mary Street Precinct Revitalisation Project is now complete.

The commencement of detailed design for the project is an exciting milestone in delivering an outcome that will support the economic vitality and sense of place for the Town Centre as a whole.

The project incorporates major streetscape improvements, utilising design strategies to create a more pedestrian friendly section of the street and an enhanced retail and commercial trading atmosphere.

The design will also extend the green leafy character of lower Mary Street and showcase the significant number of State Heritage listed buildings in the precinct, creating opportunities for businesses to capitalise on heritage tourism. 


Scope of works

The project will include:

  • Renewed street furniture
  • An upgraded pedestrian crossing point
  • Street tree planting and landscaping
  • Feature lighting of select buildings and ambient lighting at ground level
  • Integrated public art
  • A widened pedestrian pavement
  • Community ‘gathering spaces’ at key nodes
  • An upgraded power line and pole strategy (incorporating bundling of cables and undergrounding of select cross road connections)

 

Budget and funding

The Upper Mary Street Precinct Revitalisation project will be co-funded under the Federal Government's Building Better Regions Fund ($1.5m) and Gympie Regional Council ($1.5m).


Project timeframes

Council is currently in the detailed design phase for the project with design works scheduled for completion by the end of the year. 

The project has a funding deadline for completion of 31 December 2019, with construction anticipated to start in February/ March 2019.

Construction activities will be undertaken in close consultation with traders to ensure inconvenience is minimised.

Community updates will be made available as the project progresses and key milestones are achieved.

Further details on refined project timeframes will be provided to key stakeholders and the broader community when available.


Further information

Contact Council's Planning and Development Team on 1300 307 800 or email planningprojects@gympie.qld.gov.au.

 

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