A major revitalisation of the Miles CBD is a step closer, with construction on the $6 million project kicking off this week.
Western Downs Regional Council is delivering the project in partnership with the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.
Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said the start of construction marked an exciting milestone for the project, which is designed to boost economic growth.
“This project will transform the Miles CBD into a vibrant, welcoming hub of activity which is designed to encourage new investment opportunities and entice more visitors to our beautiful town,” Cr McVeigh said.
“As part of the project, the streetscape will be revitalised to create a village feel which is RV friendly and incorporates feature lighting, colourful landscaping, street tables and stools, outdoor dining opportunities, public art, and improved pedestrian linkages.
“What makes this project special is the way it will celebrate the area’s rich history, with the community working with us to create a design that pays tribute to Miles and its people, places, and industries.”
Federal Member for Maranoa, David Littleproud said he was pleased to see construction get underway.
“This is great news as I know the community is eager to enjoy the benefits it is set to bring,” Mr Littleproud said.
“This project capitalises on Miles’ great potential and its unique story. It is creating local jobs and when it is finished will invite more visitors, business and investment into town.
“It is upgrades such as this that will help our economic recovery and secure the future of regional Australia.”
Council has contracted Bellwether to construct the project. Construction has commenced, with the first phase of road works to involve survey set-out of site and removal of centre medians starting Tuesday 5th October 2021.
During construction, Murilla Street parking between Pine and Dawson Street will be temporarily impacted to accommodate for construction activities. Alternative parking will be available on Pine and Dawson Streets or on Murilla Street, west of Pine Street.
The project is anticipated to be completed late 2021 / early 2022.
Residents and businesses can keep up to date on the progress of construction by following Bellwether’s Project Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/MilesCBDStreetscape
The project is being delivered in partnership with the Australian Government under its Local Roads Community Infrastructure Program which has contributed $3.2 million to the project.