Burnett Riverbank masterplan to be released

A DRAFT masterplan detailing the proposed revitalisation of a two kilometre stretch of the Burnett Riverbank is available for community comment from tomorrow.

The Bundaberg Regional Council, in partnership with the Queensland Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDIP), is developing a new Bundaberg Riverside Masterplan.

Council's Planning and Development portfolio spokesperson Cr Ross Sommerfeld said the Riverside Master Plan study area extends along a 2km stretch of riverfront bound by the Burnett River to the north, properties fronting Quay Street to the south, Tallon Bridge to the west, and Bundaberg Creek to the east.

Cr Sommerfeld said a Bundaberg City Riverside Parklands Masterplan was developed by the former Bundaberg City Council in the early 2000s to set the platform for investment and development along the riverside.

"This plan is outdated and was in need of review. In 2014, Council undertook public consultation in connection with a proposed Bundaberg CBD streetscape revitalisation project which, while focussing on Bourbong Street, did raise the prospect for connections with the riverside precinct.

"Feedback from this consultation outlined the potential for improved use of land along Quay Street and the town reach of the Burnett River, with better connections back to the Bundaberg CBD.

"Initial discussion was undertaken with Council, State Government Departments, landowners and the general public in March 2015, asking for ideas and direction for the proposed Bundaberg Riverside Masterplan, Cr Sommerfeld said.

"Council, along with the consultants Place Design Group, have used this initial feedback to deliver a Draft Bundaberg Riverside Masterplan.

"The Draft Masterplan vision has been centred around three core principles to Activate, Connect and create an Iconic Riverside."

Cr Sommerfeld said the masterplan seeks to achieve this vision through the concept design and recommendations contained in the report that support the transformation of the Riverside as a vibrant valued asset within the Bundaberg CBD and broader region.

"To achieve this vision, Council will be working with the State Government to investigate opportunities to attract investment to the riverside through recreational, cultural and tourism activities.

"The Draft examines enhancing pedestrian and cycle connectivity between the riverside and the CBD and considering options for traffic volumes along Quay Street, including reducing freight traffic and through traffic speeds.

"We will be inviting comments from the public through an extensive consultation period to ensure the project is on the right track to create a vibrant mixed use precinct along the Burnett River," Cr Sommerfeld said.

Council will be seeking that feedback from all stakeholders between Friday 26 June and Monday 27 July with the first community meeting scheduled for July 9 at the Civic Centre Supper Room between 5pm and 7pm.

The Draft Bundaberg Riverside Masterplan is available for viewing online at www.bundaberg.qld.gov.au from 5pm Friday.

The public can make comments directly to Council via the interactive mapping or by submitting a form to Council's Strategic Planning Department.

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