The main street of Burnett Heads in Queensland has undergone a $6.6 million facelift following the completion of works funded by the Queensland Government’s Building our Regions program, the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions fund and the Bundaberg Regional Council.
On 12 October, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the program of works undertaken by Bundaberg Regional Council had transformed the heart of the township.
“The improvements to Zunker Street have included a redesign of the streetscape, landscaping, installation of public art, widening of footpaths, a new provision of on-street car parking, dedicated disabled parking spaces and sewerage infrastructure,” Mr Dick said.
“Smart technology elements including CCTV cameras, smart street lighting and public WIFI have also been installed, and the streetscape’s whole design reflects the town’s nautical connections which is a touch I’m sure will be well-received by local residents.”
The Minister further stated that undertaking these enhancements has delivered a more vibrant town centre, which is set to be enjoyed by local residents and visitors to the community.
“This project has also paved a foundation for new business investment by unlocking significant development potential to service more than 1800 new dwellings, as well as development in the nearby Bundaberg State Development Area (SDA) and port-related and industrial activities around the Port of Bundaberg.”
Although the project is located away from marine turtle nesting areas, the project has proactively incorporated ‘turtle-friendly’ lighting and other environmental and landscape design measures to ensure it does not affect marine turtles in the immediate area or other nearby nesting beaches.
The redevelopment was funded with $3.32 million from Round 3 of the Palaszczuk Government’s Building our Regions program, $415,410 from Council and $2,905,268 from the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions fund. Mayor Jack Dempsey also commented that the improvements to the Burnett Heads town centre ensure that it grows in sync with nearby regionally significant developments.
“This is now a more vibrant environment for the community that will support future population growth and flow-on commercial and economic opportunities,” Mayor Dempsey said.
More information on the Building our Regions program, including other projects involved, can be found here.