Nundah Village is one of Brisbane City Council’s most successful Suburban Centre Improvement Project (SCIP).
Lord Mayor Jim Soorley officially opened the $2.5m SCIP on Saturday 9th November 2002. The work was completed by Council staff within budget and with minimal disruption to retailers.
The street tree plantings, kerbside dining, street art works, public spaces and artistic footpath pavements have reversed the slow decline of the centre. It’s now much more attractive for people looking for a cosmopolitan and friendly shopping experience. Special lighting makes the art works particularly impressive at night.
On the official opening day, shoppers were treated to a celebration of street entertainment with a festival theme. Businesses, community groups and schools joined together to treat the large crowd to music, displays and food stalls.
The SCIP was designed through a thorough process of consultation with local stakeholders. Community members, NOTION, Nundah Chamber of Commerce, local business people and property owners formed a community reference group to guide the Council planners through the SCIP process.
I’d like to publicly thank those volunteers for their efforts. They should be very proud of what they’ve achieved.
As expected, the Council’s investment in Nundah has initiated a property development boom. The construction of the $9m Nundah Wellness Centre has been completed and a new Woolworths shopping centre is being built on the old car-park site.
Local residential values are also rising as people realise that the area around Nundah now has it all;- accessible public transport, good service facilities, great schools, comparatively affordable housing and a rapidly developing, friendly new shopping village.
Increasingly, local shoppers will be able to choose between convenient department shopping in Toombul Shopping Centre, or a village shopping atmosphere at Nundah, where they will be encouraged to interact, make use of community service providers, get to know local business owners and enjoy ‘alfresco’ dining.
The Council’s ‘Life in the Suburbs Team’ has been working with business and community groups to form a new voice for Nundah. The Nundah District Development Association (NDDA) can be contacted at the ‘www.nundah.com’ website.
SCIPs are a key plank in the Council’s ‘Living in Brisbane 2010 Plan'. $2.5m will, in the long run, prove to be a great public infrastructure investment. I hope local residents come back and visit Nundah Village to not only inspect the improvements, but to also support the local businesses who’ve been suffering for quite a while.