Upper Mary Street Revitalisation
Upper Mary Street is being revitalised into a more pedestrian-friendly space with an enhanced retail, café/dining and commercial trading atmosphere.
The Upper Mary Street Revitalisation Project was identified as one of a number of priority projects to “provide a significant contribution to overall Town Centre revitalisation and encourage investment and improved economic development” (Gympie Town Centre Revitalisation Strategy Scoping Study).
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 project aims to improve the view of the street’s unique and historic buildings. It will involve installing new street furniture, laying new footpath treatments, and planting street trees for added shade.
Construction works commenced in August 2019. Construction works are being delivered in a phased approach to minimise disruptions for traders and the general public. Each phase is expected to take between four to six weeks to complete.
The street will remain open to traffic during construction, however it will be reduced to one-way flow for extended periods.
Pedestrians will be able to walk the street, as directed by construction signage, and will be able to access all businesses during normal business hours.
Much of the on-street parking will be available during construction. In addition, the off-street car park at the top end of Mary Street will be open for public parking to help offset the loss of on-street car parks. Alternative public parking is available on nearby streets and under the Drakes shopping centre in Reef Street, with pedestrian access through Hanlon’s Arcade during business hours.
Budget and funding
The Upper Mary Street Precinct Revitalisation project is co-funded under the Federal Government's Building Better Regions Fund ($1.5m) and Gympie Regional Council ($1.5m).
Contact Council's Planning and Development Team on 1300 307 800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.