As announced recently on the WynnumCentral Facebook page (Thursday 2nd April) and featured in yesterday’s Wynnum Herald, Brisbane City Council is planning to invest a cool half a million dollars in a refresh of Edith Street, Florence Street and Bay Terrace by reviving the fifteen year old Wynnum Suburban Centre Improvement Project.
Brisbane City Council will have an information stall at the Twilight Market, with works planned to start in June.
Wynnum last saw a refresh back in 2001 which saw flower beds, new parking arrangements and street furniture introduced into the Wynnum Central area. Apparently costing $1M, the scheme unfortunately did little to halt the decline of the shopping precinct, with at worst around 35 shop premises empty.
Although we welcome any spending by Brisbane City Council on Wynnum, at WynnumCentral we believe there are other things that should be prioritised for spending and which bring a suburb back to life, such as the approaches we promote – a more entertainment/dining focus, shops being prepared to be open longer hours on the weekend, and a program of interesting events.
We are starting to see some of this happen, and shortly there will be new buildings going up in Wynnum that will add to this revitalisation.
If we had any say over the spending of the $500K, these items would be on our shopping list…
- public toilets somewhere at the west end of Edith Street
- an electric power source for public events such as the current twilight market*
- partial pedestrianisation of Edith Street (see our previous article on this here)
- a reorganisation of parking arrangements so that public parking is genuinely public parking (see our previous article here)
Let us know what you would like to see in the comments below and if we get enough ideas we’ll put together another survey. We’d also urge you to visit the Brisbane City Council stall at the market and make sure your views are heard.
*two of the biggest costs involved in putting on the twilight market are traffic control (which wouldn’t be needed if the market were held in a pedestrianised area) and generator hire for the food stalls and entertainment[posts_carousel cats=””]