The Central Business District in Mount Morgan is set to receive a facelift after Rockhampton Regional Council unanimously decided to inject $1.3 million in funding for the Morgan St revitalisation project.
The increase in funding will support all civil works, placing the above ground electricity supply underground, street lighting, landscape construction, public art, public furniture, shade structures, enhancements of historical artefacts, a new gazebo, the refurbishment of the existing toilet amenities and a show stopper.
Chair of Rockhampton Regional Council’s Parks, Sport and Recreation Committee Cr Cherie Rutherford,said the council listened to what the Mount Morgan community wanted and this funding delivered on their aspirations.
“Improving the visual appeal of Morgan St was raised as a priority by Mount Morgan businesses and residents through the council’s Community Conversation meetings,” she said.
“Since then, we have held discussions with the community, collected their ideas and developed a streetscape concept that is very exciting for Mount Morgan.”
Community engagement revealed that residents wanted to see gazebos, tables, chairs, shade, inclusion of historical artefacts such as the Mafeking Bell and also having a show stopper.
Councillor Rutherford said the show stopper would be a set of architecturally designed steel structured arbours that would have bougainvillea growing through them.
Council has been successful in securing funding towards the estimated $1.91 million overall cost of the project with grants obtained from the Queensland Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.
Council is undertaking preliminary design and planning works to allow construction to commence after the Golden Mount Festival in May.