THE RECENTLY refurbished Collinsville Main Street and CBD have been officially opened, with Mayor Julie Hall, councillors and council executives in attendance.
Whitsunday Regional Council recently completed the ‘Choose Collinsville’ town centre upgrade, ticking off another major project from the Collinsville Masterplan 2021 to help beautify the town.
Construction was carried out from July to November 2023, predominately in-house by council staff, and supported by the Australian Government’s ‘Building Better Regions’ Fund.
It was opened officially on Monday, January 15, 2024.
Upgrades completed as part of the ‘Choose Collinsville’ town centre upgrade include the creation of new irrigated garden beds within the street, including a mix of plants and larger shade trees to help cool the street.
New disabled car parks, in key locations identified by the community, were also added, as well as new furniture, including bin shelters, bench seats and bollards.
There is also new asphalt and a re-seal, line marking and street print at entrances to Stanley Street.
A new town map, including the history of the town, has also been produced.
A council spokesman said the upgrade had helped revitalise the feel in Stanley Street and it aligned with council’s main street upgrades completed in Bowen, Proserpine and Airlie Beach.
“Council looks forward to more rains this wet season that will help our shade trees and ground covers create a green and welcoming Stanley Street for residents and visitors,” the spokesman said.
Several projects from the Collinsville Masterplan 2021 have now been completed and all of them aim to improve liveability, to help capture new and retain permanent residents.
These include the waterpark, playground upgrades, the town centre upgrade, some pathway upgrades, town centre enhancement, tennis court refurbishments and rugby league club lighting and clubhouse upgrades.
Future projects identified in the masterplan include the Darcy Munro Park Pump track, scheduled for 2024, and further pathway upgrades to create pedestrian connectivity.