Pialba revitalisation project launches online survey

FRASER COAST residents are being urged to get involved in the master planning process for a re-imagined Pialba Town Centre.

An Aerial view of part of the Pialba Town Centre, Hervey Bay. PHOTO: Supplied.

Deputy Mayor Darren Everard said the Pialba Town Centre Revitalisation Project aimed to create a city heart for Hervey Bay and make the area a cultural and creative drawcard.

Cr Everard said Council and the Australian Government had partnered through the Hinkler Regional Deal to breathe new life and opportunities into the Pialba Town Centre.

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Council wants residents to share their vision and ideas for what the re-imagined city centre might look like.

“The new master plan will be a critical decision-making tool and plan for Hervey Bay’s future, which is why we are seeking input and insights from the community and key stakeholders. Council wants to know your ideas on how to make the Pialba Town Centre an even better place to live, work and play,” Cr Everard said.

Council is working with master planning experts Place Design Group to develop the plan and conduct community consultation.

“An online survey has been launched today on Council’s Engagement Hub website and that will be followed by a series of interviews and workshops with stakeholders in coming weeks,” Cr Everard said.

“We encourage everyone to take the survey and get involved in the master planning process for this important future-focused project.”

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Tony Dickson, Principal of Place Design Group and lead consultant for the Pialba Town Centre Master Plan project, said community input would help build a strong picture for how the master plan dealt with the region’s growth.

“Everyone’s connection with the region’s centre will be different, and we need to know what those connections are so we can ensure the master plan has the right mix, identity and amenity to best serve the community across the short, medium and long term,” he said.

The survey is open now and will close on 2 April 2021.

Survey participants will go into the draw to win a $500 pre-paid VISA card.

The start of community engagement on the Pialba Town Centre Master Plan follows the recent appointment of Group GSA as architect and interior designer for a new Administration Centre incorporating a Disaster Resilience Centre and Library incorporating a Community Hub.

The Hinkler Regional Deal for the Bundaberg–Hervey Bay region is an Australian Government initiative in partnership with the local councils that seeks to build on the area’s strengths to provide economic growth and long term employment.

For more on the Regional Deal click, here.

For more information on the Pialba Town Centre Revitalisation and the master plan project click, here.

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