Cleveland and Capalaba to benefit from park projects

Cleveland’s Bloomfield Street Park precinct is about to be transformed and Redland City Council wants local traders to lead the way.

Mayor Karen Williams said the park project would be a key part of the Cleveland CBD revitalisation.

“So we want the local business community to help us design this new community open space in the heart of Bloomfield Street. We want their ideas,’’ Cr Williams said.

It follows the State Government’s announcement of a $200,000 grant towards the Bloomfield Street Park upgrade through its Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program, with Redland Council to contribute another $300,000.

“We want community input and fresh ideas on how we can get a million-dollar people-friendly showpiece for that $500,000,’’ Cr Williams said.

Cr Williams said the project would recognise the popularity of the existing park with families.

“We want to know what social infrastructure should feature in this special part of the CBD, from the possibility of free WIFI to tourist drawcards,’’ Cr Williams said.

The park project is among a range of initiatives being developed by Redland City Council to generate development and revitalise Cleveland’s CBD. These include an incentives package to attract and retain enterprises.

“Details of some exciting projects involving innovative ways to breathe life into Cleveland city centre will be finalised and released shortly,’’ Cr Williams said.

“I believe they will clearly demonstrate Council’s continuing commitment to attracting events and creating a more cohesive Cleveland town centre.’’

Division 2 councillor Craig Ogilvie (Cleveland, North Stradbroke Island), Council’s CBD activation spokesman, said it was important for the community to have their say on the renewal project.

“I particularly encourage Bloomfield Street businesses to put forward their ideas and what they would like to see,’’ Cr Ogilvie said.

The State Government also announced further funding for Capalaba’s gateway to the Redlands on the corner of Redland Bay and Moreton Bay roads.

Following the addition of five 8m tall Norfolk Pines last month, a further state grant of $66,000 will allow Council to continue to improve pedestrian pathways, increase seating and introduce vibrant features.  Council will contribute $99,000.

Local Government Minister David Crisafulli, who visited the sites yesterday, said both projects were important for the Redlands and that every dollar had been stretched to give maximum value for money.