Foundation for Beenleigh's future laid
Published: 17 September 2014
Twenty years in the planning, the keenly-anticipated $9.7 million project to transform Beenleigh CBD has started.
Logan City Mayor Pam Parker, Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen, and State Member for Waterford Mike Latter turned the first sod on the exciting project this morning.
The event marks the beginning of 12 months of construction that will see the removal of the infamous six-way roundabout in the heart of the town and transform the area into a pedestrian-friendly precinct by reducing bitumen in the centre by 50 per cent.
Logan City Council has contributed $6 million to the project with the Federal Government and State Government contributing $3 million and $250,000 respectively.
"Beenleigh is one of Logan City's primary economic development hubs and the community will certainly benefit from such a significant revitalisation," Councillor Parker said.
"The much-needed project promises to inject significant economic and social benefits to the immediate and wider community. The town square project will help Beenleigh regain its proud status of being a vibrant community hub, with cultural and community activities supporting strong economic growth."
Cr Parker said as part of the project, the problematic six-way roundabout in the town centre would be converted to a signalised intersection, 50 per cent of the bitumen in the precinct would be replaced with a pedestrian-friendly public space.
The town square precinct would be made a non-smoking area and will include a quality market and event space, pavilion/café structure, civic platform and water feature.
Council's Planning and Development Committee Chair Councillor Cherie Dalley (Division 8) said the project would transform the town centre and contribute significantly to the South-East Queensland region.
"We estimate the benefit will be in the order of $23 million to the region with the direct investment likely to stimulate broader economic benefits including bringing forward investment in the region, job creation, increase in retail expenditure, increase property value in the area, and improve the night time economy," she said.
"It will also bring with it a range of social benefits due to improved safety and cohesion throughout the community."
Cr Dalley said every effort would be made to minimise disruption to residents, motorists and businesses during construction.
"But as is the case with projects of this complexity and size some level of inconvenience is to be expected – we just ask for patience and understanding. Believe me, the wait will be worth it," she said.
Cr Jennie Breene (Division 12) said residents and businesses could expect to see work start on the ground within weeks.
"This project is something that is very dear to people's heart, they have been hearing about it for 20 years and wishing for it to happen – now it is and the community as a whole is very excited," she said.
"Beenleigh has always had a lovely traditional feel about it and that, combined with the work we have planned as part of this development, have created the opportunity for it to achieve its potential as a jewel in Logan's crown.
"What we are creating here is the foundation for Beenleigh's future. We are creating the opportunity for investors, businesses and developers to benefit from what is an excellent example of urban design.
"We have provided something the entire South-East Queensland region stands to benefit from; how it will be used and loved by the community moving forward will dictate what type of investors and future business and development follows."
BMD Urban National General Manager David Moody said the company was "extremely excited" to work with Logan City Council to deliver the long-awaited project.
"This project will deliver a range of benefits and we are looking forward to enhancing the area for the local community," he said.