From A(lamein) to Z(ander), it's easy to get around Beenleigh's CBD
Published: 21 October 2015
Logan City Council is urging the Beenleigh community to come into the centre of their suburb to do business, shop and relax rather than use it as a thoroughfare to access the M1.
Acting Mayor Councillor Russell Lutton said while Council was making minor changes to the new traffic lights near the Beenleigh Town Square in response to community concerns about congestion, it was important for drivers to also think about changing their driving habits to make the most of the ring road network.
"For a long time, going through the intersection of George St, City Rd and Main St was the most direct way of getting in and out of Beenleigh," he said.
"While this benefitted drivers, it didn't necessarily mean that people were stopping to support local businesses.
"We have now opened Beenleigh Town Square and hope that more and more people will start coming into the square and enjoying everything it offers.
"However, if you need to access the M1, use the ring road network rather than adding unnecessary congestion to our revived shopping, business and recreation precinct."
Cr Lutton said Beenleigh was one of the city's economic hubs and the town square had been developed to encourage business and community growth.
"In creating the Beenleigh Town Square, Council has a vision that the wider community will fall in love with Beenleigh all over again," he said.
"The CBD had become dominated by cars, but we need pedestrian traffic to support local businesses and community events.
Cr Lutton said Council was aware that some drivers felt the new intersection was creating traffic delays.
"We've had our traffic engineers at the intersection over the past few weeks in response to the concerns of residents, and I'm pleased to say that the number of pedestrians walking around is increasing, which is great news for local businesses," he said.
"We appreciate it is hard for people to change their habits, but the long-term benefits for the wider Beenleigh community will be enormous over the coming years as the town square precinct comes to life."
Division 12 Councillor, Jennie Breene, said a new $330,000 car park would be open near the Beenleigh Town Square in the coming weeks, providing 49 additional spaces for local motorists.
"It's a new era for Beenleigh with many opportunities for our community to keep thriving," she said.
"With Eats and Beats coming to the town square on Friday 6 November and the Rum, Rump and Rumba festival happening on Saturday 14 November, we are going to see lots of activity in the precinct over the next few months, which will lead into the markets starting in April 2016."
Cr Breene said local community groups and businesses met with Council officers last week to discuss opportunities for using the Beenleigh Town Square, including festivals and concerts.
"We had some excellent ideas come through and we'll continue to work with those people in the coming months to make them happen," she said.