Kingaroy CBD makeover begins with the Glendon St carpark
THE central business district of Kingaroy is on its way to a fresh, new "beautified" look and it's being kick-started with a makeover of the Glendon St carpark.
Mayor Wayne Kratzmann said the town was well overdue for a makeover and the carpark, in the heart of town, was a good place to start.
"There's no doubt Kingaroy looks a bit tired," Cr Kratzmann said.
"It doesn't look too different from the 1970s when I was walking down the street every day after school."
Cr Kratzmann said the council was excited about the upgrade and invested time and money into what they knew would be a worthwhile investment.
"We had $300,000 in the budget last year and that was to resurface it," he said.
"We thought 'well it certainly needs more than that'. It needs a whole makeover."
To address the demand, Cr Kratzmann said he doubled the budget, taking it to $600,000.
The mayor said upgrades to the Glendon St carpark were not limited to the carpark itself.
"We're putting in a brand new little park with swings," he said.
"And getting rid of some of those old trees that caused damage and dropped leaves and branches, and landscaping it all with more suitable trees."
Cr Kratzmann said the public toilets and the neighbouring bus depot would both get a "much- needed refreshment" too.
"We'll make it look like a much more inviting bus depot for people," he said.
Cr Kratzmann said the upgraded area would look similar to the forecourt across the road.
"That will be almost replicated," he said.
Cr Kratzmann said the project would get off the ground this month.
"We want to move on it pretty quickly," he said.
"Resurfacing prior to Christmas."
He said the council hoped to finish the upgrades by March or April.
Cr Kratzmann said Glendon St carpark was just the beginning of upgrades and looked forward to a "fresh new look".
"If it's an inviting place, more people will come," he said. "No-one wants to shop in a dowdy old street."