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Everything on the table as Bundaberg considers CBD upgrade

PARK FRUSTRATION: Zetta Boutique employee Jo Rogers is unhappy with the current lack of parking in the Bundaberg CBD. Photo: Zach Hogg / NewsMail
PARK FRUSTRATION: Zetta Boutique employee Jo Rogers is unhappy with the current lack of parking in the Bundaberg CBD. Photo: Zach Hogg / NewsMail Zach Hogg BUN130514PRK1

CENTRALISED multi-level parking and consistent signage on shops were just some of the suggestions made at a public meeting to discuss the CBD's proposed makeover.

About 40 people attended the meeting on Monday night including representatives from the community, businesses and Bundaberg Regional Council.

Bundaberg Chamber of Commerce committee member Lester Lewis said it was a very positive meeting with a range of issues discussed.

Mr Lewis said the parking issue was raised by numerous people.

"Some people were angling towards a paid centralised parking venue," he said.

"Others are saying there needs to better rotation of parks.

"The key question everybody should be thinking about is why do people go to the CBD."

Mr Lewis said one interesting idea was that the CBD should be marketed as a destination, with a central fund used jointly by shops for marketing strategies.

Council's planning chairman Ross Sommerfeld said a number of positive ideas were put forward at the meeting including better use of the Burnett River precinct and comments regarding traffic issues caused by vehicle flow problems.

"Nothing was off the discussion agenda and issues such as the need for a better designed CBD Telstra phone booths, consistent signage on shops, retractable covers over outdoor dining areas and improved consistency with street furniture were included with bigger picture initiatives such as multi level car parking," he said.

"The ideas gleaned from this discussion will be used in tandem with a Traffic Management Study to develop a concept design for the streetscape project.

"Parking obviously created plenty of comment with suggestions that a staff car park could be established away from the CBD area and a shuttle service used to transfer staff."

Other suggestions included getting rid of the centre park turning lanes and direct traffic through the roundabouts, and a plea to reintroduce the river as a component in any revitalisation project.

"Council has engaged the services of a consultant who will work through the proposal and the traffic management study," Cr Sommerfeld said.

"The timeframe for completion of the draft document will depend on the volume of public responses received."

Members of the public have until close of business May 26 to put forward their ideas via two surveys on the council website including one for residents and one for traders.

Topics:  bundaberg regional council public meeting



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