Beenleigh goes al fresco
Published: 20 February 2018
Beenleigh’s Town Square could be opened up to more outdoor dining and entertainment under plans being considered by the City of Logan.
Council is considering the Beenleigh summit outcomes report which makes a number of recommendations on ways to unlock Beenleigh’s potential.
The report stemmed from last year’s Beenleigh Summit which attracted world-renowned experts in place making and design, infrastructure policy, urban innovation and development.
City of Logan Mayor Luke Smith said council will now examine the report and devise a strategy to guide Beenleigh’s future growth.
“Beenleigh’s location between Brisbane and the Gold Coast makes it ideal for families and businesses,” Mayor Luke Smith said.
“Ideas such as encouraging al fresco dining and street performers will improve the town’s character and potentially drive future growth.”
Other key recommendations include:
- Removing outdoor dining fees for local business
- Providing free use of the town square for entertainment
- ‘Welcome’ signage that reflects Beenleigh’s identity
- A popup office/retail space, information centre or business start-up in Beenleigh Town Square
- More public transport-oriented housing developments
- Working with private enterprise to develop a cinema complex
- Developing business attractions incentives to promote high value employment opportunities within the centre
City Centres spokesperson Councillor Jon Raven said the outcomes identified by the summit will continue the transformation of Beenleigh.
“The award-winning town square re-development in 2015 began a journey that will see Beenleigh become one of the jewels in Logan’s crown,” Cr Raven said.
“But it’s important that everyone is included that’s why all the summit recommendations will be implemented in-conjunction with extensive community consultation.”
Division 12 councillor Jennie Breene said she wants to see the right balance struck between growth and liveability.
“I think it’s important that the changing face of Beenleigh doesn’t detract from the things that make it such a great place to live and work in the first place,” Cr Breene said.
“I’m confident that the findings of this report create a sustainable path for the growth of our town.”