The streetscape upgrade that has transformed the north Ruthven Street area will be officially opened with a community celebration on Friday, 7 July 2017.
Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Cr Paul Antonio said the streetscape upgrade would revitalise the section of Ruthven Street from Russell Street to Chalk Drive and provide a new northern entrance to the CBD.
“Council has worked closely with Ruthven Street traders and property owners to deliver this upgrade and it is fitting that the community comes together to celebrate the new look," Mayor Antonio said.
“The celebrations, which will be held in Cathro Park adjacent to Hodgson Street, will include a radio station broadcast from 6am to 9am, sausage sizzle from 7.30am, family-friendly activities and the opening around 9am.
“It will be a time to mark this exciting development for the city and I would encourage people to celebrate the opening and support the local traders.”
The Mayor paid tribute to Council’s Strategic Planning and Economic Development Branch, Project Services Branch, Parks and Recreation Services Branch, Construction and Maintenance Central Branch and Water Infrastructure Services Branch for their work in bringing the upgrade to fruition.
He especially thanked the traders and property owners for their co-operation and patience during the construction.
Deputy Mayor and Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Carol Taylor said the Ruthven Street Streetscape Upgrade was part of the City Centre Master Plan which outlines a vision for the development of the city.
Cr Taylor said Council thanks Laud Inc and GHD Pty Ltd for the design and Urban Art Projects and artist Richard Sweeney for their work on the public art component.
“The streetscape upgrade will provide long-term benefits for property owners, traders and customers,” Cr Taylor said.
“As well as newly paved footpaths and landscaping, the additional centre parking will be welcomed by traders and customers alike.
“The CBD now has a new northern entrance and the speed limit has been reduced to 40km/h to make it a safer environment for motorists and pedestrians.”
For more information on the Ruthven Street Streetscape Upgrade project, please phone Council on 131 872 or email firstname.lastname@example.org