News

Our brand new vision for the CBD

DIRECTOR: Kylie Legge talks to the business and community leaders at the AICM.
DIRECTOR: Kylie Legge talks to the business and community leaders at the AICM.

NIGHT markets, art trails, pop-up shops and a new marketing and branding strategy are some of the ideas the Gympie Regional Council is looking at in an effort to enhance Gympie's CBD.

The council hosted a breakfast yesterday morning at the Australian Institute of Country Music to outline some of the work consultancy firm Place Partners was doing and unveil some potential new logos for Gympie Town Centre, the proposed name for our CBD.

Place Partners is undertaking the marketing and branding exercise in consultation with local business and the community.

Director Kylie Legge said the purpose of the project was to build on the best that Gympie offered, identifying ways to improve the CBD experience and to share the story with the community and potential visitors.

One aspect of the project is developing a branding mark or logo to represent the spirit of Town Centre.

The name Town Centre has been adopted to reflect not only the centre's role as the Central Business District but also the heart of the community.

The council is seeking community feedback on the logos and ideas on how to improve the Town Centre.

The council deputy mayor Tony Perrett said the community had told council that the CBD needed support so it could become a place residents wanted to visit on a daily basis.

"We are committed to reinforcing the CBD as the principal destination and primary retail, entertainment and service centre in the region," Cr Perrett said.

"We also need to ensure we have a strategy which delivers opportunities for attracting new business and tourism."

Mr Perrett urged residents to log onto http://www.greatgympie.com.au to have their say.

Ms Legge said the designs weren't set in stone and could be changed or blended to form other logos.

All logos have the common themes of gold, history and community.

Business and community leaders at the breakfast also put forward many ideas about how to revitalise the lower end of Mary St.

Currently, there are 11 empty shops in the flood-prone zone and retailers say it's not good for business.

The once mooted and abandoned idea of the Mary St markets is well and truly back on the agenda with most people at the breakfast relaying positive feedback.

The only sticking point is the timing of the markets.

A suggestion to have twilight markets in Mary St and adorn the streets trees with LED fairy lights was given a luke-warm reception.

Roger Broadley said the markets needed to be on every Saturday morning to attract people from all over the region and beyond to the CBD.

He said the idea was to boost foot traffic in Mary St while retailers were open to increase trade.

All agreed they would come to Mary St to shop if there was a good range of local produce available at the markets. Other ideas floated to give the main street life included opening up empty shops to allow artists to showcase work or set up static displays.

Gympie Times

Topics:  cbd, gympie regional council



Gunalda service hub could create up to 50 new jobs

The new United service centre being built just south of Gunalda.

A $10m service centre at Gunalda will boost employment

3 major projects go before Gympie Regional Council

INFRASTRUCTURE: Anglers will not need a boat to reach one of Tin Can Bay's best fishing spots, if councillors succeed in lobbying the state government for its $2 milion cost

Overdue water project, CBD upgrade and a $6 million jetty

Gympie gathers to remember fallen police officers

CARRY THE WEIGHT: Flag bearers Snr Constable Robert Smith, Constable Luis Larrate and Mr Chris Sang recover the flags following the 2016 ceremony.

GYMPIE community comes together to remember fallen friends.

Local Partners

Talented young musicians hitting all the right notes

PITCH PERFECT: Gympie High School Students Eliza Parker and Sarah Thomas ahead of their big weekend at the Conservatorium in Brisbane.

YOUNG Gympie musicians are hitting the next level.

Kim Kardashian West wants restraining order against prankster

She was attacked by Vitalii Sediuk for the second time in two years

Cliff Richard to release 101st album

Sir Cliff Richard's album cover

Sir Cliff Richard is to release his 101st album

Gympie Gig guide for the coming weekend

SOULFUL: Gypsy Hawk will play the Kin Kin Country Life Hotel this Saturday night from 7pm.

Want to know about Gympie's nightlife? Read on!

CMC Rocks faces fan backlash over date change, headliners

The 10th annual CMC Rocks festival will be headlined by The Dixie Chicks.

FANS are not happy about festival being pushed back by two weeks.

Gympie Century 21 owner forges his own path

ON THE ROAD TO SUCCESS: Billy Mitchell (right) with Queensland franchise manager at Century 21, Glenn Stanton.

It's been a meteoric rise over the past few years for Billy Mitchell

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Huge Gunalda service station set to open by December

NEW STATION: The Gunalda Service Centre, owned by United Petroleum, will include a 350-seat eating area and a truckers lounge.

The massive servo is the biggest United development in Queensland.

Highway upgrade drives momentum in affordable market

Accessibility and affordability are keeping interest high

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'