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Manly Village revamp latest move to make Brisbane more suburb-centric

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Some of Brisbane’s tired suburban shopping strips are being given a boost to help small business attract customers as part of a Brisbane City Council rejuvenation project.

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Bayside Manly is one of 10 suburbs that are undergoing such facelifts in a project aimed at improving the appeal of shopping and dining out closer to home.

Dubbed the Manly Harbour Village Precinct, the $890,000 project has included a revamped foreshore plaza with extra seating and greenery as well as artworks designed by Delvene Cockatoo-Collins which project local Indigenous stories at night.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the four-year project would involve upgrading footpaths and seating, installing bike racks and planting new vegetation to boost the attractiveness of suburban living.

Since the days of the Soorley administration, successive councils have pursued various programs to beautify Brisbane’s suburbs as a means of supporting small businesses in the face of the constant allure of large shopping centres and the Brisbane CBD.

“Suburban hubs like Manly Harbour Village are the beating hearts of neighbourhoods and offer a different experience to visiting a major shopping centre,” Schrinner said.

Other suburbs involved in the project include Ashgrove West, Sandate Rd, Boondall, Martha St, Camp Hill and Coorparoo Junction.

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