Scenic Rim residents preview plans for Beaudesert town centre

CHANGES: Earier this year council endorsed Davidson Park near council as a potential site for a community hub/library. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
CHANGES: Earier this year council endorsed Davidson Park near council as a potential site for a community hub/library. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

SCENIC Rim Regional Council hosted a public information session concerning the proposed Beaudesert Town Centre Revitalisation project on Monday.

The event at the Beaudesert Golf Club was well attended by residents keen to know what council has planned for the centre of town.

The planners, including landscape architect John Mongard, presented a vision for the future of Brisbane street that included planting of established shade trees, a narrowing of traffic lanes and building a playground, larger library and community hub centre at Davidson Park.

Scenic Rim mayor Greg Christensen opened the presentation by saying planners had been tasked with designing a town centre that would attract tourism and trade as well as preserving the character of the community.

"If you don't activate public spaces, you end up with dead spots where people want to drive through as quick as they can and say 'isn't it sad what's happened there'," he said.

Cr Christensen said doing nothing was not an option.

"We now have to talk about doing something to reactivate the town," he said.

Cr Christensen said stage one would include fixing Beauy's drainage problems.

"The centre of town floods in significant rain events," he said. "This needs to be done first because investing in infrastructure would be putting good money after bad if it gets damaged again."

The plan included diverting flood water to Spring Creek, making Short Street a left turn only thoroughfare, having more pedestrian crossings, moving the CWA hall, creating a shady boulevard extending from the main traffic lights to Selwyn Street and including a cycling lane. It also included creating an amphitheatre, picnic shelters, arbours and shaded sitting areas behind the old railway station.

Some residents raised concerns about parking spaces, planting trees with no stable root systems, job security for locals and the lack of plans for William Street, which would remain the responsibility of the state government.

Mr Mongard said there would be more information sessions in the New Year.

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