Residents’ vision for town centre

Article image - Residents’ vision for town centre Junior category winner Robbie thinks his town is currently ‘old, slow and busy’.

Teresa Saunders from Pialba and nine-year-old Robbie Weger, from Torquay were announced winners of the Pialba Town Centre Master Plan Competition run by Fraser Coast Council, Queensland, aiming to get more people involved in the planning process.

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Darren Everard, said, “It was great to see so many people get involved in this type of project, particularly the younger ones because it’s mainly about these guys.

Councillor Jade Wellings said the project was about building a ‘Hervey Bay for the future’ and Junior winner, Robbie would be part of that future. 

“His winning drawing shows that he would like to make our town centre fun and more modern. He has put in so many trees and more shops, as well as a bike track, so he has considered active travel. 

“Robbie has also put some car parking in, so he has also considered that maybe everyone may not want to take a bike or walk.” 

Robbie, a Kawungan State School student, said he entered the competition because he thought the Pialba Town Centre needed to be more
exciting and fun. 

“I drew a bike track because we need exercise, and some shops and lots of car parks for people who need to drive and don’t ride bikes.”

Senior category winner Teresa Saunders thanked Council and the Australian Government for the opportunity to complete the online survey. 

“As a Pialba resident, I’m very interested in any plans that will continue to improve the idyllic lifestyle we enjoy here on the Fraser Coast.” 

Cr Everard said Council was partnering with the Australian Government through the Hinkler Regional Deal to breathe new life and opportunities into the Pialba Town Centre.

“Starting with the master plan, Council is looking to the community to share their vision and ideas for what a future city heart might look like.”