Residents encouraged to have their say on draft plan for Russell Street

The community is invited to provide feedback on a draft streetscape plan for Russell Street this month.

The community is invited to provide feedback on a draft streetscape plan for Russell Street in the coming month.

The Russell Street Refresh draft plan, which covers the precinct between Victoria and Neil streets, proposes revitalising the street by upgrading footpaths, building a central median strip between Victoria Street and Ruthven Street, planting street trees, installing new city safe cameras and street furniture, upgrading lighting and installing public artworks.

Toowoomba Regional Council Strategic Planning and Economic Development portfolio leader Cr Anne Glasheen said the draft plan aimed to transform Russell Street into a vibrant, people-friendly destination that enhanced the unique character of the area.

“Russell Street is an iconic Toowoomba location and our vision is to create a vibrant, safe and shady precinct which builds on the unique identity of what was Toowoomba’s original main street,” Cr Glasheen said.

“We want Russell Street to be a place where the community and visitors come to appreciate beautiful streetscapes and access the emerging Railway Parklands precinct and Queens Park.”

The draft plan has been developed through consultation with Russell Street businesses, the Toowoomba art community and residents during 2017.

The draft plan and feedback questionnaires will be available in hard copy from Russell Street businesses and on Council’s Your Say website from today (September 18) to Friday, October 13 2017. http://yoursay.tr.qld.gov.au/russellstreet

A pop-up display providing project information including images of the draft plan and a feedback box for completed questionnaires will be in place between 33 and 37 Russell Street from Friday, September 22. It will open with a sausage sizzle provided by the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce.

“Russell Street businesses and the local art community have been instrumental in guiding the development of the draft plan and several of the businesses are preparing plans to refresh and adorn their street frontages in coming weeks,” Cr Glasheen said.

“I urge all residents to visit the pop-up display and pick up a questionnaire from a Russell Street business to have their say.”

Feedback on the draft plan will be used to inform the final plan before it is presented to Council in late 2017.

Delivery of this project is a key outcome of the Toowoomba City Centre Master Plan.

For more information on the Russell Street Refresh draft plan, visit the pop-up display located between 33 and 37 Russell Street, call Council on 131 872 or email yoursay@tr.qld.gov.au 

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