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Village Greens project has Games finish line in sight

Council is running with its Main Street Master Plan for Tamborine Mountain to ensure completion in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games when all eyes will be on the Scenic Rim during the Queen's Baton Relay.

Mayor Greg Christensen said Council was pressing on with its Tamborine Mountain Village Greens project to create vibrant new community spaces on Main Street for residents and visitors.

The Main Street Master Plan is part of Council's region-wide Vibrant and Active Towns and Village initiative, which recently received an Award of Excellence in Landscape Planning from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.

Scenic Rim's award-winning initiative was lauded as "a landmark project to create an integrated region of outstanding destinations focused on local culture and community life", with "achievable projects to generate change".

"This is what this project is all about - renewing Main Street so that people are attracted to the precinct, not only for day-to-day business but also to gather socially and interact as a community," Cr Christensen said.

"The positive feedback we have received following last week's opening of Rhoda Rushbrook Park on Gallery Walk has only strengthened my resolve to deliver our program of revitalisation."

The Village Greens project will deliver three distinct green open spaces comprising:

  • Zamia Green, opposite the Zamia Theatre to Kidd Street
  • Middle Green, between Kidd Street and Yuulong Street, and
  • Upper Green, between Yuulong Street and Geissmann Street.

Cr Christensen said feedback from a community forum in March this year had helped to refine plans for the Village Greens, taking account of community needs and expectations and Tamborine Mountain's unique environment.

"Tamborine Mountain residents concerned by the potential loss of parking around the Zamia Theatre will be pleased to know that, in revising the plans, a drop zone car space on the Zamia Theatre side has been designed into this area," he said.

"Following feedback from the community, one picnic shelter has been removed from the plan and the design of another has been modified. Importantly, none of the mature trees which are a feature of the Main Street medians will be removed and have been incorporated in the landscape design plans."

Council is in the process of finalising contract documentation for the project.