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Annastacia Palaszczuk unveils new Rockhampton CBD plans

OVER the next 20 years, Rockhampton's CBD will dramatically transform.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad and Rockhhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow this morning revealed a bold new vision to drastically improve the city's heart over the next two decades.

The CBD Redevelopment Framework, which was officially launched at the recently completed section of Quay St, seeks to leverage from existing opportunities such as the city's heritage, while combating issues such as parking and transport. 

The Framework also outlines a number of placemaking initiatives including streetscaping, signage and creating better links between Quay St, Quay Lane and East St. 

Catalyst projects within the Framework include a joint venture residential development with the State Government, a market place, artistic laneways and a Cultural Precinct that will house the Rockhampton Art Gallery and Smart Hub. 

Cr Strelow said the revitalisation of the CBD had been a major discussion for some years now, with a lot of research, planning and collaboration with local businesses, the community and the State Government.

"This collective 20 year vision will help us deliver actual outcomes to create a vibrant and thriving CBD where people want to do business, shop and live," Cr Strelow said.

The Framework, which was developed in conjunction with Urbis -the designers of the Rockhampton Riverbank and Kershaw Garden's redevelopment -, will be used to inform all major redevelopment decisions within the CBD and Cr Strelow is encouraging the community to share their thoughts. 

"We want to hear from urban and rural residents and businesses about what they think of this long-term strategic plan which is designed to have flow on benefits well beyond the CBD," she said.

"It is important to have this strategic direction in place so that it can be used as not only a guide for our future planning, but also as a tool to seek funding.

"It will be a living document to ensure that it responds to new opportunities." 

A previous community survey on the CBD showed that on a scale of 1 - 10, the community considered the importance of revitalising the CBD as an 8.5.​

Council will continue to consult with CBD businesses, namely the CBD Reference Stakeholder Group, as a first point of reference to discuss the strategies and projects as they evolve. 

The CBD Redevelopment Framework is open for public consultation for a two-month period from today.

To have your say, head to www.rrc.qld.gov.au and download a copy of the Framework.

Topics:  annastacia palaszczuk jackie trad rockhampton cbd rockhampton riverbank revitalisation