Queanbeyan CBD transformation moves ahead with NSW government funding
NSW Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro has announced $10 million in funding to help transform Queanbeyan’s CBD.
Mr Barilaro said the announcement is a light at the end of the tunnel for local businesses during an extremely challenging time.
“The $10 million boost from the $170 million Drought Stimulus Package will improve pedestrian access, boost safety and importantly support local retail,” Mr Barilaro said. The upgrades are planned for a section of Monaro Street, between Crawford and Lowe Streets. It is one of six stages of a plan to transform the Queanbeyan CBD over the next ten years. Mr Barilaro said the upgrade will deliver new wider walkways, improved drainage, lighting, seating and road refuges.
“Monaro Street is already the heart of Queanbeyan, but this upgrade will ensure it remains a hive of activity,” Mr Barilaro said. “This work will make this part of the CBD a nicer place to be and easier than ever to move around, whether you are getting your groceries or travelling to and from work.
“The upgrade will also provide an immediate boost to the local economy, creating work for locals so that money earned in the region stays in the region, which is especially important during this challenging time.” The upgrades form a critical component of the broader CBD Masterplan endorsed by Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council and will reduce traffic noise and manage the flow of traffic in the CBD, providing greater safety for drivers and pedestrians.
Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Mayor Tim Overall said the investment by the NSW Government is very welcome and will help deliver a CBD the Queanbeyan community deserves. “The upgrade of Monaro Street was one of the key elements embodied in the 2009 Queanbeyan CBD Masterplan and now forms a key stage of the much anticipated transformation,” Cr Overall said. “Stage 1 has included the extension of the river walk, a new pedestrian and cyclist bridge, smart city infrastructure, and the almost complete, refurbishment of the Riverside Tourist Park.”
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