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Residents' share ideas to revitalising the CBD

FROM laneway developments and WiFi hotspots, to pop up shops and outdoor movie screenings, the people of Gladstone are sharing their ideas for a revitalised city centre.

Gladstone Regional Council is encouraging all community members to contribute to the abundance of suggestions added to its Jumpstart Our City Heart online forum.

"We're asking the community what a vibrant, lively and unique city centre looks like to them," Council's chief executive officer Stuart Randle said.

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Mr Randle said increased entertainment had proved to be a common discussion topic on the forum.

"The community wants new experiences, attractions and places to gather in the CBD and has suggested initiatives like community events, markets and street performances to achieve this," he said.

What would you like to see in Gladstone's CBD?

This poll ended on 13 February 2016.

Current Results

WiFi hotspots

3%

Laneway developments

19%

Pop up shops

19%

Movie screenings

15%

More greenery and streetscaping

19%

Street performances/buskers

23%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Residents also said gaps between 'attractions' needed to be filled, with suggested solutions including a revamp of the northern end of Goondoon Street and reserving ground floor spaces for entertainment and retail.

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"They believe it is important to create vibrancy along the length of the precinct, to draw patrons from one point of interest to the next," Mr Randle said.

"Street beautification is also a popular topic with the community seeking greenery, streetscaping and CBD entry statements."

In addition to potential improvements, community members are discussing positive aspects of the CBD that should be retained.

"They like that the shops in the CBD are locally owned and Gladstone's heritage is visible in its historical buildings," Mr Randle said.

He encouraged community members to join the CBD discussion online where they could contribute location-specific feedback, their long-term vision, what they like and don't like and ideas for small improvement projects.



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