Burnett Heads Town Centre Redevelopment complete

Thursday, 11 October 2018

The Queensland town of Burnett Heads now boasts a ‘smarter’ and more beautiful town centre thanks to a multi-million dollar streetscape redevelopment.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the redevelopment has transformed the town centre and unlocked significant development potential in the growing Bundaberg region.

“This project will stimulate economic and population growth, meaning more opportunities for the town’s businesses,” Mr Pitt said.

“The redevelopment includes wider footpaths, landscaping, on-street car parking, public art, disabled parking spaces, smart technology and sewerage infrastructure for Zunker Street.”

“The Burnett construction works will be a game changer for the town making it better for business, better for pedestrians and better for visitors,” Mr Pitt said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the $6.6 million redevelopment is a great example of the Liberal and Nationals Government’s $641 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) in action.

“The Building Better Regions Fund is a centrepiece of this Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future, investing in projects outside the major capital cities – such as the Bundaberg region,” Mr McCormack said.

“Round 3 of BBRF has just opened for applications, so I call on eligible councils and community organisations nationwide to consider how we can help them to drive the development of more prosperous and resilient regions.”

Queensland Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the redevelopment will benefit both the commercial area of Burnett Heads and its immediate surrounds. 

“Widened footpaths and new landscaping now provide a tree-lined avenue for the length of the streetscape, offering welcome shade for pedestrians on hot Queensland days,” Mr Dick said.

“Smart technology elements including CCTV cameras, smart street lighting and public WIFI have also been installed, and the streetscape’s whole design reflects the town’s nautical connections, which is a touch I’m sure will be well-received by local residents.”

Mayor of Bundaberg Jack Dempsey said the streetscape is a significant project for the Burnett Heads community, allowing the area to deliver on its incredible potential.

“With the robust nature of economic activity stimulating significant projects, including the developing port area, there is no doubt Burnett Heads is the site of population growth,” Cr Dempsey said.

“This project has created a community hub that is inviting, will promote tourism and drive commercial activity and meet the requirements of future smart city technology.”

The project was jointly funded, with the Australian Government investing $2,905,268, the Queensland Government $3,320,677 and Bundaberg Regional Council $415,410.

More information on the Building Better Regions Fund is available at www.business.gov.au/assistance/building-better-regions-fund.