Burnett riverside set for major revamp
NIGHT-TIME dining along the Burnett Riverbank, a revitalised Anzac Pool and a pedestrian-friendly Quay St are all part of a plan to help Bundaberg fulfil its unique potential.
Last week Bundaberg Regional Council announced its Draft Bundaberg Riverside Master Plan study inviting the community to have its say on how the 2km stretch along the Burnett River should be developed.
Council planning and development spokesman Ross Sommerfeld said the 2km area had been divided into three precincts - Alexandra, Anzac and Rowers - each with its own theme to capitalise on its natural environment.
Cr Sommerfeld said the biggest change was earmarked for the Anzac precinct with provisions provided for a refurbished Anzac Pool and water facility.
"It's not intended to be a water park," Cr Sommerfeld said.
"It's an upgrade of the facility."
Mr Sommerfeld said the plan provided provision for restaurants and alfresco cafes along the Burnett Riverbank.
"We do recognise that things at the moment may seem a bit grim having lost the Spinnaker," he said.
"The long-term plan is to have night-time dining along the river."
The plan also outlined a high priority need for alterations to Quay St, which was critical for the overall plan in the initial stages.
Cr Sommerfeld said with only one controlled pedestrian crossing at the RSL, two-way traffic and heavy vehicles, Quay St needed to become pedestrian-friendly.
"The options are to look at one-way traffic flow, reducing speeds, putting in road traffic calming devices along Quay St to keep the bigger traffic off of Quay St," he said.
"We want to make sure the plan is flexible enough to accommodate left-field ideas."
Cr Sommerfeld said council had identified a need for more short-term accommodation in the CBD and the plan provided for the Mid Town Marina to be redeveloped for this purpose.
"We have already had meetings with property owners along those precincts," he said.
"It was well attended and we had some consultants come along and give some input and that is where the draft has come from."
Feedback can be given until July 27 with the first community meeting scheduled for July 9 at the Civic Centre Supper Room between 5pm and 7pm.
The plan is available for viewing online at http://www.bundaberg.qld.gov.au.
A designated dining precinct - formed
by five or six cafes and restaurants
A plan for a tavern or bar, with the possibility of a
craft or micro brewery, providing