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Upgrades to be a boon for business

Bulcock Street business owners are looking forward to a reinvigorated CBD.
Bulcock Street business owners are looking forward to a reinvigorated CBD. John McCutcheon

UPGRADES to the ever evolving Bulcock St in Caloundra are moving along, with a completion date of December drawing nearer.

For a number of business already set up shop on Bulcock St, they said waiting out the upgrades would be worth it in the end when more foot traffic, modern streetscapes and entertainment were brought to the bustling area.

Business owner Neville Reid saw the potential in Caloundra, and Bulcock St, 16 years ago when he first opened Chaps Menswear.

No one knows menswear like Neville and his wife Andrea who have built a successful business around providing the latest trends and fashion to men on the Coast.

Mr Reid said the upgrades at Bulcock St would bring a bounty of new customers, and during the construction phase they were remaining patient with the slower foot traffic and impacts on their shopfront due to works.

"This is the first major upgrade to the street since we've been here,” Neville said.

"We've had a few customers kept away because of construction, but hopefully it's a short term pain for a long term gain.

"We're getting all new footpaths, stormwater drains... I think it's going to be spectacular, going by the plans.

"If we modernise the main street it moves us along with the times, especially with the growth areas around Caloundra with Aura.

"There is a lot of potential in Caloundra as we move forward.

"It brings us inline with the Coast... it will be both pedestrian and car friendly - a bit of a model like Hastings St.”

The owner of Chaps has proved small businesses are resilient and ready for any challenges that come their way, after a devastating fire gutted the store in 2014.

Two years later they have rebuilt and look forward to the future.

"We're fortunate that we remodelled our entire store,” Mr Reid said.

"I think the way things are going here (Bulcock st) other businesses will follow.

"Existing shops might renovate, and new tenancies might move in.”

The upgrades will see a transformation of the Bulcock St streetscape, from Felicity Park to just past the Minchinton St roundabout.

It will soon reveal a new look, including a modern, dynamic canopy lighting feature, new footpaths, a new street profile that removes upright kerbs to cater for events, contemporary street furniture, and extra advanced sized trees and shrubs.

The upgrade is designed to build on the street's existing character, significantly enhance the look and experience of the area, and improve safety and access to provide a drawcard that maintains and builds a sustainable economy for Caloundra.

Other features include advanced smart city technology, a major stormwater drainage upgrade, directional signage and public art.

Councillor Tim Dwyer said it would only bring positivity to Caloundra.

"The new look Bulcock Street will build on the street's existing character to be a drawcard for downtown Caloundra, attracting locals and visitors to the area and giving local businesses a boost,” Mr Dwyer said.

"The $5 million streetscape is an investment that will transform the CBD and position it for a bright future.”

If you want to know more about the project, drop in to the project information office and Smart Centre at 63 Bulcock St.

The streetscape upgrade is scheduled to be completed by mid-December, weather permitting.

Topics:  bulcock street upgrade, caloundra retail, cr tim dwyer, neville reid


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