Final design revealed for Woombye main street makeover
More trees planted, additional parking and improved pedestrian crossings are all part of a plan to beautify and modernise Woombye’s main street.
Sunshine Coast Council has revealed the final design for the revamp of Blackhall Street.
After 136 years, Woombye’s main street has evolved from a staging depot during the gold rush to a much-loved township.
Shady street trees and garden beds will be planted to cool the footpath, beautify and extend the green, leafy look and feel, to the west of the town centre.
The design also highlights a pedestrian friendly street by improving footpaths and crossings, making it easier to cross the street, slowing traffic and improving access for all abilities.
Convenient and available parking close to the shops was a strong priority for the community, according to the council.
The concept also includes: plans to create a central space for people to gather in front of the School of Arts Hall; encourage outdoor dining to support local businesses towards the western end of the street; Install a road hump on Blackall Street to slow traffic approaching the pedestrian crossing and Wakefield Street as well as a new raised crossing to improve access to parking at Hill Street; seven new car parks on lower Blackall Street.
Division 5 councillor Winston Johnston said he was excited to deliver a design that enhanced the town’s heritage.
“Woombye is a very enticing hinterland town and I think these qualities are even more prominent in the streetscape design – a design which was very much community developed and inspired,” he said.
“Since November 2020, council has been working with residents, businesses, community groups and visitors to bring their values and vision to life.
“The final concept design has been developed and expanded from community consultation which highlighted strong support for an attractive town centre, improved pedestrian experience and parking, and sharing Woombye’s story through art.”
To Create an attractive and vibrant town
• Plant shady street trees, lawn and garden beds to enhance the existing picturesque country town look and feel, specifically at the western-end of Blackall Street
• Create a central space for people to gather in front of the School of Arts Hall
• Support the enjoyment of the street with more essentials like seating, drinking fountains, rubbish bins, dog leash posts and water bowls throughout• Encourage outdoor dining to support local businesses towards the western end of the street
• Investigate art work on the School of Arts Hall
• Upgrade existing raised planters with materials and species in keeping with Woombye’s country town look and feel.
To tell Woombye’s Story
• Add vibrancy and interest with a potential artwork and interpretive elements inspired by Woombye’s heritage in front of the School of Arts Hall.
• Collaborate with the Woombye Community and Business Association in the creation of a heritage trail.
To improve pedestrian experience and provide convenient parking
• Plant shady street trees and garden beds to cool the footpath, beautify and extend the green, leafy look and feel
• Placement of a new raised crossing to improve access to parking at Hill Street and slow traffic to the town centre
• Raise the existing pedestrian crossing to improve safety and slow traffic
• Install a road hump on Blackall Street to slow traffic approaching the pedestrian crossing and Wakefield Street, improving safety
• Placement of seven new car parks on lower Blackall Street.