City Planning Chairman Cr Matthew Bourke today announced that Brisbane City Council would be undertaking a neighbourhood plan to guide the future of the Sandgate central business area.
Cr Bourke said Sandgate was a great place to live work and relax and Council was committed to ensuring that the suburb continued to thrive, with the infrastructure and services needed for the future.
“Council has been investing in the future of Sandgate with a recently completed $720,000 investment breathing new life into the suburban centre of Sandgate, including free public wi-fi to encourage more people to shop locally,” Cr Bourke said.
“Today Council has announced that we will undertake a new neighbourhood plan for Sandgate this financial year, to support the local business community and residents in planning for the future of their suburb.
“Neighbourhood planning is an opportunity for the local community to work together with Council to define their vision for the future of Sandgate, identify opportunities to protect its character and help shape the way the area will change over the next 10 years and beyond.
“The last neighbourhood plan for Sandgate was completed nearly two-decades ago and it is the right time for local residents and business owners to contribute to a new vision for this bayside suburb.
“Sandgate is one of Brisbane’s picturesque bayside towns, loved by locals and visitors from far and wide for its scenic foreshore, unique character and the iconic Shorncliffe Pier.
“This process will identify future opportunities to revitalise the local economy and support small business, so it continues to thrive in Sandgate, realising the many economic and tourism opportunities available.”
Cr Bourke said the announcement of the neighbourhood plan was a direct result of ongoing dialogue with the Sandgate business community, including the Chamber of Commerce.
“As our city grows, we are committed to preserving and enhance our diverse local neighbourhoods as part of our plan laid in Brisbane’s Future Blueprint,” he said.
“Over the coming months, Council will undertake preliminary research prior to starting the neighbourhood planning community engagement process in early 2019.
“Sandgate will be one of two new neighbourhood plans undertaken by Council over the coming year, with the Newstead North Neighbourhood Plan adopted this week.”
Further information about Brisbane City Council’s award-winning neighbourhood planning is available at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or by calling Council on (07) 3403 8888.