Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Chance to Talk Street

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Chance to Talk Street

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GIN Gin residents and business-people can find out about the much anticipated Gin Gin Streetscape project at a community information night.

The evening will be hosted by Bundaberg Regional Council and will be held at the Gin Gin RSL Hall in Milden Street on October 13 from 6pm.

Councillors and council officers will attend to provide information about the streetscape works, including plans, visual graphics, construction schedules and future funding opportunities.

Light refreshments will be provided.

The revitalisation works are targeted towards civil and beautification upgrades for the Central Business District of Gin Gin on Mulgrave Street.

Councillor Wayne Honor was involved in the concept development with the previous Kolan Shire Council and now with Bundaberg Regional Council, planning started six years ago.

"The community, residents and other government departments were heavily involved in consultation and concept development going back to 2003," Cr Honor said.

"Since then, council has invested in drainage, underground power and the detailed designs. The upgrade works, which address traffic speed, parking, pedestrian safety, security, streetscape and beautification, will deliver beneficial outcomes for Gin Gin and the Bundaberg region."

Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch believes the revitalisation of the Gin Gin CBD will greatly enhance the northern gateway to the Bundaberg region.

"These important works in Gin Gin will not only benefit the residents but also provide additional appeal for visitors to travel to the region and increase the number of people who stop while travelling through on the Bruce Highway," Cr Pyefinch said.

"Council believes the revitalisation works will increase the confidence of local businesses and residents, triggering further investment from the community. We see the Gin Gin Streetscape as a major economic driver not only for Gin Gin, but for the whole region."

Construction is expected to start in February next year and be completed over a 12 month period.

Council has committed $1.8 million in the 2009/10 financial year to instigate stage one and is investigating further funding for future years. …

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