A $720,000 project to revitalise Sandgate's business centre is now complete.
As part of the Suburban Centre Improvement Project (SCIP), Council has installed new pavement, street furniture, trees and garden beds at the corner of Bowser Parade and Rainbow Streets.
Work is also underway to install free public Wi-Fi in the central business precinct of Brighton Road and Bowser Parade, as well as the nearby Einbunpin Lagoon Park.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Council had also installed three new foreign language signs with orientation maps in the area.
"The SCIP renewal has also restored key public artworks including two drinking fountains 'Bird Bath' and 'Kissing Fish' by artist Katrina Steel, glazed ceramics inlaid in the pavement entitled 'Soldier Crabs' by Elise Goodrich and the 'Indigenous Cultural Plaques' by Ron Hurley and Delores McDonald,” he said.
Cr Quirk said Council had worked closely with the community to undertake the renewal project, to support small business and nurture innovation in the area.
"Sandgate is an important business and community hub that has grown and diversified since the area's original Suburban Centre Improvement Project was delivered, with a variety of shops on Brighton Road and the former semi-industrial area on the corner of Bowser Parade and Rainbow Street now an emerging precinct with a diverse range of businesses.
"Council is supporting this growth by revitalising the precinct to ensure it remains vibrant and accessible for residents and visitors, and has worked closely with residents and the business community to make this happen.”
Sandgate and Districts Chamber of Commerce president Bill Gollan said the organisation welcomed the restoration.
"It's a reconstruction that Sandgate needs,” Mr Gollan said.
"It's the entrance and welcome mat to Sandgate and we want a nice area to welcome residents and visitors to the area.
"There are other areas in need of restoration and the Chamber is still lobbying council to come up with a long-term plan for the Sandgate area.
"We were a bit disappointed there was not a 'Welcome to Sandgate' sign included in the restoration and hope that any further Council funding will include a sign.”
Deagon Ward Councillor Jared Cassidy welcomed the restoration project.
"It has certainly lifted the entrance to the Sandgate Village and will go a long way to supporting those businesses, offering a nice experience to their customers,” he said.
"Those businesses have been the welcoming image to Sandgate for many years and it's great to see this investment supporting them.
"The other aspect (of the project) was refurbishing some of the Council assets along Brighton Road including new furniture, bins, bike racks etc.
"One of the big changes was the removal of the sandstone sculpture which I know disappointed some people.
"Council found that it had some structural damage and the foundation also wasn't properly constructed initially.
"I know there has been some interest in new public artworks in Sandgate and I would encourage locals who would like to see new public art to contact my office.
"There is always more to be done however and I will continue to work with businesses and local residents on ways we can enhance the public spaces along Brighton Road to see the businesses that make us unique thrive and support the community.”
Cr Quirk said the renewal project formed an important part of Council's investment in the area as part of a continued push to drive economic activity and attract more visitors to Sandgate.
For more information on the Sandgate SCIP visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on 3403 8888.
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