New community heart opens in Beenleigh
Published: 30 September 2015
It's a new era for Beenleigh as the fences come down at the Beenleigh Town Square precinct, allowing the community to enjoy the new public space 12 months after construction began.
As part of the $9.75 million project, a notorious six-way roundabout was removed from a busy intersection in the heart of the CBD, with traffic lights helping make the area a more pedestrian-friendly and creative hub for residents and businesses alike.
City of Logan Mayor Pam Parker said the transformation of the area would bring many benefits to the area, both economically and socially.
"We have a vision that Beenleigh will flourish, especially as cultural and community activities drive economic growth and generate new jobs," she said.
"The area is already one of our primary economic development hubs, and the Beenleigh Town Square will bring new opportunities for the CBD – it is the foundation for Beenleigh's future."
Mayor Parker thanked the community for its patience while the project was delivered.
"We know the construction of the Beenleigh Town Square was an ambitious project given what we needed to do over 12 months in the heart of the CBD," she said.
"We sincerely appreciate the patience shown by the community as construction took place.
"We know this project was something that residents had been hearing about for 20 years. Logan City Council made it happen and the community will see the benefits unfold right before their eyes."
Mayor Parker also acknowledged the contributions of the Federal Government ($3 million) and the State Government ($250,000) towards the project.
Planning and Development Committee Chairperson, Councillor Cherie Dalley said residents would continue to see the face of the precinct change over the next few months as the State Government invested $1.5 million in transforming the front of the Southern Districts Courthouse.
"This work will include relocating the main entrance to James St, installing a lift to improve access and the completion of the civic platform in the town square," she said.
"Work has also started on a new 50-space car park next to the precinct, which will be accessible from James St to provide additional parking in the CBD."
Cr Dalley said Council had this week signed an agreement with Goodwill Projects Pty Ltd to operate weekend markets in the precinct from April 2016.
"Goodwill Projects operates similar markets at Red Hill, Carseldine, Nundah, Kuraby and Fortitude Valley and will work closely with local residents and businesses over the next few months to complement what's already great about our area," she said.
Division 12 Councillor Jennie Breene encouraged community groups to consider using the Beenleigh Town Square for events and activities.
"This is the community's space," she said.
"We have a booking system in place for organised events, but I also encourage people to enjoy the space while they are in the CBD, whether it's during their lunch break or while taking time out from shopping.
"The opening of a café in the Beenleigh Town Square will be another drawcard, and the area will be family-friendly, with smoking not permitted anywhere in the precinct."
To celebrate the opening of the Beenleigh Town Square, Logan City Council's popular Eats and Beats pop-up food and music festival will be held in the precinct on Friday 6 November from 5pm to 9pm.