1 April, 2024

Town’s $19m upgrade

WORK on the long-awaited $19m upgrade of Mission Beach’s town centre is due to start next month.

By Nick Dalton

An artist’s impression of what the the foreshore will look like at Mission Beach. Picture: Cassowary Coast Regional Council
An artist’s impression of what the the foreshore will look like at Mission Beach. Picture: Cassowary Coast Regional Council

The construction contract,  which involves infrastructure, roads, drainage, landscaping, and lighting upgrades, has been awarded to Townsville-based RMS Engineering and Construction. The job is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2025.

The project includes the upgrade of ageing stormwater infrastructure and redevelopment of the Mission Beach village green and adjacent Porter Promenade.

Cassowary Coast Regional Council chief executive officer Andrew Graffen said it was a major milestone for Mission Beach “as this transformative project aims to revitalise the town centre and create an even more vibrant and welcoming environment for residents and tourists to shop, stay and play”.

“The revitalised streetscape will enhance the aesthetic appeal and accessibility of the CBD, ultimately contributing to a more enjoyable experience for everyone,” he said.

“Local businesses will benefit from increased foot traffic, and the town centre will serve as a flexible hub for events, supporting an increase in visitation.”

Mission Beach Community Association president Patrick Bluett said the project would provide a much-needed boost for local businesses and tourism in Mission Beach.

“Our community is eager to see the village come alive as a vibrant hub where we can gather and enjoy life on the Cassowary Coast,” he said. “I was pleased to see that the unique character of Mission Beach is being celebrated in the final designs, with a theme of rainforest leading to the Reef woven through the street design amongst unique elements such as cassowary footprints and a nature play area for the kids. 

“There’s a great sense of optimism about what this might bring to our community.”

Construction will be undertaken in a staged approach to minimise impacts on local businesses along Porter Promenade and the Village Green. 

The stormwater outlet along the foreshore will be upgraded as contractors work their way through the village green area. 

As the project progresses, and timeframes are confirmed, updates will be provided on the council’s project website, Facebook page and through fortnightly community updates.

These updates will provide further details on what the community can expect to see at each stage of the works.

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