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A hinterland streetscaping project has created a new community hub and facilities, while honouring a town’s proud history.

Historic country charm is what greets visitors to a quaint Sunshine Coast town, thanks to a vibrant new streetscape.

Woombye’s Blackall Street has received an upgrade, transforming the community’s vision for an attractive and vibrant township, while honouring its golden charm.

Sunshine Coast Council Division 5 Councillor Winston Johnston says that since November 2020, extensive community engagement has informed the streetscape design to deliver a central space for the community to gather in front of the School of Arts Hall.

He says the upgrades include new landscaping, seating areas and improvements to pedestrian facilities.

“The Woombye Heritage Trail is a source of great pride for the local community, and I am excited to see the completed streetscape works honour the town’s unique story,” Cr Johnston says.

“This upgrade includes shady street trees and garden beds planted to cool the footpath, beautify and extend the green, leafy look and feel to the west of the town centre.”

In 2018, Woombye celebrated 150 years since the first Cobb & Co. coach commenced the Brisbane to Gympie journey.  Throughout the streetscaping project, the council collaborated with the Woombye Community and Business Association and the Woombye Heritage Group to embed this heritage into the facelift.

Woombye Community and Business Association vice-president Grant Palethorpe says the community is thrilled to see the project completed and honour the town’s history.

“The Woombye community is very proud of its heritage and delighted to share the area’s wonderful story with locals and visitors,” Mr Palethorpe says.

“It is a true celebration to see the Woombye Heritage Trail come to life through this collaborative streetscape project and we encourage everyone to explore the trail and all that the town has to offer.”

This project has been funded by the state government’s South-East Queensland Community Stimulus Program, in association with the council.

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