Engineer shares CBD revamp ideas

PARKING WOES: John Williams has been petitioning Bundaberg Regional Council for years with suggestions on how to fix CBD parking woes.
PARKING WOES: John Williams has been petitioning Bundaberg Regional Council for years with suggestions on how to fix CBD parking woes. Max Fleet

AS BUNDABERG Regional Council asks for suggestions to revamp the CBD, retired engineer John Williams has come up with a plan to address the lack of car parking spaces.

Mr Williams said raised flower beds with trees and light posts mounted in them should be removed to provide up to 67 additional parking spaces in Bourbong St between Maryborough and Tantitha Sts.

Another 40 car parking spaces could be provided if the wide shared lanes in Bourbong St were converted to zebra crossings, and the turning lanes adjacent to roundabouts were abolished.

Mr Williams said another 50 car parking spaces could be provided in Bourbong St between Tantitha and Walla Sts if the existing across-the-centre parking arrangement was replaced with a raised curbing along the centre of the road like the rest of Bourbong St.

He said these three suggestions would bring an extra 157 car parking spaces into the Bourbong St CBD.

"Street lighting in the revamped CBD is totally inadequate as it leaves most pavements and shop fronts in total darkness, making the area unsafe for the tourists and locals game enough to use it after dark," he said.

"The solution is to provide tall light poles mounted on the raised road centre reserve, like the flagpole adjacent to the police post."

Mr Williams also said there was a total lack of toilet facilities in the CBD after dark.

His solution would be to install French-type toilets, which by their design were open and well lit, and therefore safer to use.

Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman said ideas and feedback on the proposed CBD revitalisation project had flowed to the council from the public.

He said the interest generated by the proposal and the initial community consultation meeting had led to a great response.

"Council is now working with its consultant to examine and consider the wide range of feedback received to develop a concept plan to bring back to interested parties for further consultation."

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