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Logan City Council takes out planning award for Beenleigh Town Square

Published: 16 November 2016

Logan City Council takes out planning award for Beenleigh Town Square
Councillor Jennie Breene with Logan City Council Senior Development Planner, Ella Du Plessis and Councillor Russell Lutton, holding the Planning Institute of Australia’s “Great Place Award” for the Beenleigh Town Square.

Logan City Council has been presented with “The Great Place Award” for the Beenleigh Town Square at the Planning Institute of Australia 2016 Awards for Planning Excellence – Queensland.

City of Logan Mayor, Luke Smith said the Beenleigh Town Square project set a new benchmark for urban design in Logan.

“The Beenleigh Town Square provides a vibrant focal point for the city and is a great example of Council’s commitment to good place-making,” he said.

“During the conceptual stage, Council’s planning officers worked closely with the local community to ensure the final development preserved and enhanced the precinct’s local history and the identity of Beenleigh.

Mayor Smith said the $9.7 million project reflected collective community and government input and was the culmination of Logan City delivering on a promise made to the Beenleigh community for over 20 years.

“It was a collaborative and creative process involving three tiers of Government, local community and business representatives, transport and traffic engineers, town planners, urban designers, architects and landscape architects.”

“Since its official opening last year the square has been the outdoor venue of choice and has drawn thousands of people back to the heart of Beenleigh.

“Our Eats & Beats pop up food truck festival is now a regular event at the square and it is a popular venue for a large number of events – including the Sunday Early Bird Breakfast Markets, Rum Rump and Rhythm and numerous music concerts.”

The PIA award citation reads: “A great place is one that attracts people inspires people, motivates people. It has a great atmosphere. It’s a place that people are proud to bring international visitors to see.

It sparks an individual sense of pride and contributes to the overall community wellbeing… The creation of the town square does just that. This initiative is transformative for Beenleigh and the local and regional community. It will bring back renewed interest and investor confidence and will revitalise this once car-dominated space.”