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Caloundra's smart street facelift judged among best of urban design

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Caloundra’s main street, one of the oldest on the Sunshine Coast, has beaten scores of challengers to be named one of Queensland’s best examples of urban revitalisation by the nation’s landscape architects.

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Bulcock St, which has undergone major renewal over the past five years, was among projects recognised by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects in its annual awards.

Sunshine Coast Council embarked on giving Bulcock St a new look in 2016, announcing it would remove five mature weeping fig trees causing safety issues, install special lighting and build more pedestrian friendly footpaths.

The council has also used the project as a testing ground for so-called ”smart city” technologies such as waste bin sensors and LED street lighting.

The $12 million dollar facelift impressed award judges, who said it was a timely response to increased population pressure in Caloundra.

“Australia’s first smart city streetscape has transformed a declining regional main street into a re-energised precinct on the Sunshine Coast, establishing a point of difference between it and other new urban centres,” the judges said.

“The increase in street greening, as well as the provision of respite areas, night activation and furniture represent a step in the right direction of activating pedestrian space, creating unique off-street destinations, and reclaiming space from vehicles.”

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