Logan City Council’s vision for a highly connected pedestrian-friendly Springwood has taken a giant step forward with the completion of shared pathway and streetscape enhancement projects.
A new three-metre-wide, 350m-long concrete pathway now links Dennis Road to Murrajong Road, flanking Springwood Central State School.
On the next block to the north, streetscapes have been upgraded and enhanced along Murrajong Road, Paxton Street and Carol Avenue.
The footpath was extended into Murrajong Road to create an additional opportunity for seating, landscaping and outdoor dining.
The two projects, which cost collectively $1.6 million, were delivered from the $5million Springwood Implementation Fund set up by Council after the October 2016 Springwood Summit.
Logan City Council Mayor Darren Power said the two projects would further build on Springwood’s reputation as a thriving commercial precinct and connected urban hub.
“Council is committed to developing Springwood’s centre as a major commercial activity hub,” Cr Power said.
“These two projects bring enormous lifestyle and commercial benefits to the local community and for visitors to Springwood.
“They are helping to build local identity while improving safety and security for pedestrians, school students and local workers.”
The Dennis Road to Murrajong Road pathway has an entry statement, seating, a shade structure, public artwork and lighting.
The pathway will be monitored around-the-clock by Council’s CCTV safety camera network.
The concrete path features murals that resemble carpet rugs which were painted by eight local artists and is complemented by giant pebble seats to create ‘lounge rooms’ on the streets of Springwood.
City Planning, Economic Development and Environment Committee Chairperson, Cr Jon Raven, said the new pathway and associated works were the direct result of feedback provided by nearly 200 people who attended the Springwood Summit
“In March 2017, Council endorsed 10 primary actions and 30 initiatives that were identified from the Springwood Summit,” Cr Raven said.
“This project and others planned for this area are all about Council delivering on what the community wanted.”
Completion of the pathway required the dedication of land from Springwood Central State School through the Queensland Department of Education.
State Member for Springwood Mick de Brenni said the pathway represented more than just community connectivity and demonstrated the benefit of multiple levels of government working together.
“I congratulate Logan City Council and its new Mayor Darren Power on working with the Palaszczuk Government to deliver local infrastructure that connects us and shows what can be achieved through collaboration,” he said.
“Our community is doing a great job of reducing the spread of COVID-19, however our focus must also be on getting locals back to work and projects like this will help the economic recovery process.”
Division One Councillor Lisa Bradley said the new pathway and the streetscape enhancements deliver a combination of benefits for local businesses and the community.
“This new pathway provides a much-needed, convenient and safe link to recreation spaces and enhance outdoor activities for local families,” Cr Bradley said.
“It also ensures retail and commercial areas benefit from improved accessibility to food and drink outlets and the nearby public transport hub.
“The completion of these two projects brings real lifestyle benefits to Springwood and the city though the enhancement of local identity, connection to community and improved safety and security.”