New car park addresses parking issues in Beenleigh CBD
Published: 20 July 2015
A new 50-space car park will be built in Beenleigh's CBD by mid-October to address immediate issues relating to parking in the town centre for residents and businesses.
The $330,000 car park, being funded by the Division 12 Divisional Infrastructure and Capital Improvement Program and built on Queensland Rail property, will remain operational until Queensland Rail requires the land to upgrade the Beenleigh train line.
Councillor Jennie Breene (Division 12) said residents, businesses and the Beenleigh Yatala Chamber of Commerce had been lobbying for more parking in the CBD for many years – even before Logan City Council was responsible for the area – and she was pleased she could provide divisional funding for the project.
"In line with our endorsed Parking Strategy, Council will continue to explore other long-term options for parking in Beenleigh, such as multi-level car parking stations, but we know these will be at a substantially higher cost for Council and ultimately ratepayers, so it is a balancing act we need to manage," she said.
"Parking is an important issue for many people and has been for a long time, and I'd like to thank the State Government, as well as the former MP for Waterford Mike Latter and current MP Shannon Fentiman, along with the Mayor and my fellow councillors for their support."
The car park will be completed by the Beenleigh Town Square head contractor as part of the decommissioning of their site compound.
"The new car park will not only benefit businesses in the town centre, but will also support events and activities held in the Beenleigh Town Square, such as the proposed markets," Cr Breene said.
The car park announcement follows news that the State Government will fund a $1.5 million upgrade of the Southern Districts Courthouse due to start later this month.
"There is quite a lot of activity happening in the CBD over the next few months that will go a long way to realising our vision of the area being a hub for culture and economic growth," Cr Breene said.
"It's really quite exciting to see and I'm looking forward to continuing our partnerships with key stakeholders to revitalise the area."
For more information on the Beenleigh Town Square project, phone 3412 4247.