It’s slowly been taking shape… a lot of it we can see, some of it we can’t… But come February the much-anticipated CBD Upgrade will be with us in its glorious completed form.
In the meantime, to enable ease of shopping for Christmas and access in and around the CBD for shoppers, (And for Santa too-we’re guessing), Council is suspending construction from December 16 until January 9TH.
Cr Jan Chambers, Deputy Mayor and Portfolio Chair for Major Projects, says the short break in the construction program will have no impact on the completion date, which will be well ahead of the Easter in the Country festival when all eyes are on Roma and McDowall Street.
“With a functional and vibrant CBD, an important part of the economy and livability of a town, the Roma CBD Upgrade planning has had input and discussions across multiple Council terms and it is great to see it becoming a reality.”
Recognizing the importance of parking to any CBD, the revitalization was officially launched in 2014 with the construction of the Arthur Street Carpark adjacent the Ambulance, adding an extra 34 parking spaces for workers in the CBD, freeing up valuable space in front of shops for customers.
Other moves in the program have included relocating the pedestrian crossings further away from the intersections, upgrading the pedestrian crossing lighting and standardizing pedestrian signage, reserved parking spaces for people with disabilities-grading footpaths to permit uninterrupted free flow of water to designated drainage structures.
Other work has focused on essential maintenance and upgrade works identified by Council, such as storm water rectification works and replacement of water and gas infrastructure.
Deputy Mayor Jan Chambers says the Project is also moving beyond the “hard” issues of road safety and infrastructure, and has focused as well on enhancement of the CBD public spaces.
“This project commenced with a keen focus on safety, however it has also been designed to bring back a sense of community, and to create a vibrant CBD to be enjoyed by shoppers, visitors and businesses alike.”
“With the quietening of the economic climate, it is even more important now that Council shows leadership and helps build business confidence; this major investment in public infrastructure in the heart of town will help achieve that.”
“We have already seen the wonderful contribution to Roma’s main street by the developers of Royal on 99, and we look forward to the new public works in McDowall Street further helping to breathe new life into the CBD.”
And a reminder too that the CBD Project Community Liaison Officer can be contacted via Council on 1300 007 662.