Where is the Aspley Village Precinct Project located?
The proposed improvement project encompasses the strip of shops on Gympie Road, from Robinson Road West and Albany Creek Road, to Windrest Avenue and Gayford Street, Aspley.
What is the purpose of the project?
The Aspley Village Precinct Project is part of Council’s commitment to creating a city of neighbourhoods, a key principle of the recently released Brisbane’s Future Blueprint, with vibrant suburban centres for our local communities. The project aims to create a vibrant neighbourhood centre with improved appearance, safety, accessibility and amenity for shoppers and pedestrians.
The project will identify and deliver improvements that will:
- improve centre amenity and comfort – providing upgraded footpaths, increasing shade trees and seating
- contribute to the economic viability of the centre – enhancing the attractiveness of the setting of existing shopfronts, thereby attracting more users to local businesses
- improve public safety – upgrading road crossing points and footpath quality
- enhance centre attractiveness – installing street tree plantings and public artwork
- enrich local identity and express culture through public artwork outcomes.
What sort of works are proposed as part of the project?
The works propose to deliver:
- a signalised pedestrian crossing upgrade on Gympie Road subject to final approval from the Queensland Government
- footpath resurfacing
- subtropical landscaping including new tree plantings and garden beds
- street furniture including seating, bike racks and drinking fountains
- public artwork.
What will the project not be able to change or deliver?
- works on private property, unless they are required to achieve project outcomes and are approved by the property owner
- traffic network improvements or intersection upgrades to the Queensland Government-controlled Gympie Road
- trees along the full length of the centre median due to safety reasons
- reconfiguration of existing kerb alignments within the footpath space
- existing bus routes or frequency of bus services
- new public toilets or on-street carparks
- private property modifications such as the removal of signage, redesign of carparks and changes to shopfronts.
How will public artwork be selected for the project?
Council has engaged an Artwork Curator to develop a curatorial report, which will identify artwork opportunities for the precinct and a shortlist of suitable artists.The community is welcome to share their ideas on public art by talking to the Artwork Curator at two of the information sessions, on 20 and 22 September. Your feedback will help inform the curatorial report and artwork opportunities plan for the centre.
Shortlisted artists will be invited to further develop their concept designs, which will subsequently be assessed by the project team and curator. The selected artist and concept design will be presented to the community at the second round of engagement sessions in early 2019.
How will construction works affect the area?
The construction works are expected to commence in early 2019 and be completed by late 2019. The majority of the works in the centre will be undertaken as night works, Monday to Friday with the intention to minimise disruption to businesses within the precinct. Council will provide further information to businesses about specific timing of works outside their shop frontages closer to the work commencement date.
How can the community give feedback?
Council will be conducting a number of on-site information kiosks to answer any project related questions and to give the local community a chance to have their say.
Share your views with the project team at one of the following sessions:
- Wednesday 19 September 2018, 8–10am next to the inbound bus stop at 1361 Gympie Road
- Thursday 20 September 2018, 4-6pm adjacent to the outbound bus stop at 1374 Gympie Road
- Saturday 22 September 2018, 10am-12noon adjacent to the outbound bus stop at 1374 Gympie Road.
You will have the opportunity to meet the Artwork Curator on Thursday and Saturday sessions and share your ideas on public art. Your feedback will help inform the artwork opportunities plan for the centre.
Online feedback will be open online from 10-28 September 2018.
What are the next steps once ideas and feedback have been gathered?
The project team will review all feedback provided from the community to develop an improvement proposal focusing on works which provide the greatest community benefit.
Council will share the final proposal with the community in early 2019 prior to the start of construction. The project team will be holding further on-site information kiosks around this time to inform the local community of the proposal and construction process.
Where can I get more information about the Aspley Village Precinct Project?
To find out more about the project, visit brisbane.qld.gov.au and search ‘Aspley Village Precinct Project’.
You can contact the project team by:
- phoning Council (07) 3403 8888
- emailing the project team at SPP@brisbane.qld.gov.au
Who is informed about the project and how is the information distributed?
A newsletter will be distributed to all residents in the suburb of Aspley notifying them of the project and ways to provide feedback on the proposal. During the project planning phase, the project team will endeavour to talk to all traders on site informing them of the project and upcoming engagement sessions.
Further information kiosks and a second newsletter will be distributed in early 2019 prior to construction, to inform the community of the planned works and construction process.
During the construction, there will be regular updates to inform the local traders of the proposed staging construction plan, progress of the construction and potential temporary road closures. Please note that the construction will be undertaken during the night time to minimise the impact to the local traders and vehicle traffic along Gympie Road.
At project completion, a final newsletter will be issued to residents of Aspley and a small community event will be organised within the centre to celebrate the completion of the project.