Artist's impression of what Gunalda will look like after the Our Town facelift.
Artist's impression of what Gunalda will look like after the Our Town facelift. bent

Amamoor and Gunalda to get major facelift


Gympie Regional Council Mayor Mick Curran has welcomed the announcement of State government funding for two Our Towns Sustainable Centres programs.
The Gunalda project has received $245,008 and the Amamoor project $80,475 funding assistance through the Queensland Government's 2015-16 Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said.
Cr Curran said:

"The funding announcement is welcome news and a validation of the State government's belief that Council's work on the Our Towns projects is valuable and needed.
"The Our Town' project adopts the outcomes of community consultation and support gained in the inception phases of the Our Towns Sustainable Centres Program, along with the well-acknowledged principle that visually appealing, well-connected and functional centres contribute to the ongoing economic sustainability within centres. For Gunalda, the economic future of the town will be enhanced by creating a desirable stop off the Bruce Highway and reinforcing its role as an attractive hub for the surrounding area. Works scheduled to commence in December will see the upgrade to footpaths, streetscaping and formalised carparking at the commercial area of Queen Street and Balkin St."

Works will also see the concurrent construction of Missing Street, although this component will be funded under a different program.
The Amamoor Our Towns project will see upgrade to footpaths, streetscaping and formalised car parking at the general store hub and around the Mary Valley Rattler Station Precinct on Busby Street.
Both Our Towns projects are expected to benefit the community through:
- improving the ongoing economic sustainability of the township by increasing the number of visitors and their length of stay
- building upon the existing character and amenity currently enjoyed by residents and visitors as an attractive and desirable place to live, work and visit
- contributing towards strengthening the 'sense of place' and unique identity of the township
- enhancing the public realm in terms of usability, safety and visual appeal
- improving the relationship and inter-connectedness of public and private spaces (note, project works to be undertaken in public spaces only); and
- ensuring cost-effectiveness in terms of expenditure versus community benefit.
Environmental benefits will also be realised for the Amamoor locality through the construction of improved drainage works and through rehabilitation works recommended to be undertaken on the creek banks in the Amamoor Creek vicinity Detailed designs for improvements in each township under the 'Our Towns' Program will be available for viewing in the coming months ahead of construction commencing. It is anticipated that the implementation works will be finalised by the end of the 2015/16 financial year.
Further information about all of the 'Our Towns' Sustainable Centres Program can be found at gympie.qld.gov.au/our-towns