Beaudesert town centre revitalisation
The revitalisation of Beaudesert's town centre is underway
The revitalisation of Beaudesert's town centre is underway to make infrastructure and streetscape improvements to the heart of the town, while maintaining the unique character of the area and creating welcoming public spaces.
This revitalisation aims to deliver a built environment which resonates with residents, provides a relaxed rural atmosphere, and also yields a social and economic dividend for the Beaudesert community.
It will be business as usual during construction. Pedestrian access, vehicle movement and property access will be retained throughout all stages of the town centre construction.
Beaudesert Town Centre and Proposed Community Hub and Library Flythrough
Benefits to the Beaudesert community
- Brisbane Street will be given a facelift with a greener avenue and new pedestrian entrance to the centre.
- Expansion and upgrade of car parks and connection of Selwyn Street to Helen Street will provide greater access to the business centre and community facilities.
- A new communal space for community gatherings and public events with amphitheatre terraced seating, events deck and stage, playspace, public artwork, landscaping and facilities.
- A proposed new Beaudesert Community Hub and Library with the latest facilities, activities and resources for use by the whole community including local businesses.
- Additional car parking - the new off-street carpark available for cars, trailers and caravans will be accessible from Helen Street and will provide easy access to all town centre shops and amenities.
- Major stormwater improvements - upgrades to stormwater infrastructure is planned for the town centre to mitigate flooding and to improve road and pedestrian safety.
- Selwyn Street extension - provides a connecting road from Brisbane to Helen Streets and includes new car parking.
Project phases and funding
Phase 1: 2020-2023
Total project cost for Phase 1: 2020-2023 is $8.4million. The works completed in 2020-2023 phase of the Beaudesert town centre revitalisation is jointly funded by the Australian Government (50% - $4,190,593), and Queensland Government (45% - $3,750,000) in association with Scenic Rim Regional Council contributing 5% - $460,065.
|Beaudesert Gateway Stage 1
|Caravan and car parking.
|Beaudesert Town Centre Transport Improvements
|Selwyn and Brisbane Street traffic and pedestrian improvements.
|Beaudesert Town Centre Drainage Improvements
|Brisbane, Eaglesfield and Short Street drainage upgrades.
|Beaudesert Gateway Stage 2
|Updgrade parklands with amphitheatre, shelters, new public toilet and playspace.
Phase 2: 2022-2023
|Proposed new Community Hub and Library
Including relocation and restoration of QCWA building.
Budgeted for in 2022-2023 with funding support to be sourced.
Upgrades to Brisbane Street will transform the area in to an attractive space for residents, local businesses and visitors.
Avenues of trees and footpath improvements will create a new pedestrian entrance into the centre of Beaudesert with a creative walkway along Brisbane Street.
Brisbane Street improvements include:
- reduced lane widths to lower travel speeds and increase pedestrian safety
- new pedestrian crossings for pedestrian safety and improved connectivity to the park and community facilities
- conversion of angled to parallel parking to increase footpath widths and for cyclist safety
- roundabouts and continuous medians to better manage peak traffic conditions and allow simple and safe traffic movements through the town centre.
Town centre precinct
The town centre precinct celebrates Beaudesert and the Scenic Rim as places with strong rural hearts.
The parklands are designed to create a green community meeting place that reflects our local history, stories and culture and will feature artworks on pavements and structures which tell local stories.
A centrepiece of the precinct is a new events deck and stage, and grassed amphitheatre area — a multi-use space where people can meet, gather and celebrate. Other new features include picnic areas, a playspace, public toilet block with disability access, car parking and the installation of lighting to improve public safety. Large trees will frame the amphitheatre providing a green and shaded sitting area.
Celebrating our unique character
Maintaining the unique character of Beaudesert is a key focus of the project with local stories and history woven through public artworks and a Scenic Rim Story Trail.
Beaudesert is an important historical and ongoing place for the Indigenous people of the region; and the creation of a yarning circle in the precinct honours this.
The historical Beaudesert railway station building is a centrepiece to the project, remaining in its original location and providing a character reference for new structures and works.
The revitalisation of the Beaudesert town centre incorporates ideas and improvements captured by the local community through consultation.
Council sought community input in 2016 for the Beaudesert Town Centre Masterplan, and in 2019 when the Beaudesert Town Centre Revitalisation Project was presented. In 2020 targeted focus groups were held with community and businesses to inform the development of the detailed designs.
Feedback highlighted four key community priorities which were considered in the planning of the town centre revitalisation:
- greening with shade trees and boulevards
- creating community spaces
- welcoming gateways with improved amenities
- walkable streets and linkages.
The Beauy Hub - Beaudesert town centre revitalisation display
Located at 113 Brisbane Street, Beaudesert, The Beauy Hub was Council's dedicated space to provide Beaudesert residents and business owners, and the Scenic Rim community with opportunities to stay informed on the progress of the revitalisation of the Beaudesert town centre.
The Beauy Hub was open from Tuesday 6 April until Friday 13 August 2021 and hosted 26 public sessions including community group workshops and meet-the-designer sessions, with approximately 150 people dropping in to view the information display. Council officers also held one-on-one sessions with business owners directly affected by the upcoming constructions works.
Click here for more information about The Beauy Hub.
Proposed new Beaudesert Community Hub and Library
The proposed new Beaudesert Community Hub and Library will offer facilities, activities and resources for use by the whole community including local businesses.
Features include an easily accessible entry to state-of-the-art library, activities, community meeting rooms, modern technology, children’s library, maker space, study rooms, parent room and a media room. An underground carpark will also be built.
Budgeted for in 2022-2023 with funding support to be sourced.
Artist impressions of the proposed new Community Hub and Library - view images below.
A new home for the Queensland Country Women’s Association (QCWA)
The QCWA building next to the Council administration building in Brisbane Street will be relocated to the northern end of the town centre precinct. Along with the Rotary Club, and Beaudesert and District Community Arts Project buildings, the relocated QCWA building forms part of the Selwyn Street precinct. This area will connect to the town centre precinct via a shaded avenue. The QCWA building will also be restored as part of the project.
Want to find out more about the revitalisation of the Beaudesert town centre?
Contact Council via email firstname.lastname@example.org or Telephone: 07 5540 5111.