Sunnybank Village Precinct Project
Brisbane City Council completed a $1.4 million streetscape improvement project in late 2020 to revitalise the neighbourhood shopping precinct at the intersection of Station Road and Turton Street, Sunnybank.
Council worked with the local community to revitalise the Station Road, Sunnybank neighbourhood shopping precinct, delivering an attractive, connected and safe centre for locals and visitors to use and enjoy.
This is part of Council’s commitment to create a city of neighbourhoods and improve the amenity of local retail villages with better paths, trees and seating, plus new creative outcomes.
- footpath upgrades to improve accessibility, maintenance and visual amenity
- pedestrian crossing ramp and refuge upgrades to improve accessibility
- build outs with planting beds to improve amenity, traffic calming and pedestrian safety
- bus stop upgrade incorporating new shelter
- tree planting to improve amenity and shade
- groundcover plantings to new garden beds
- seating areas with unique street furniture and contemplative artwork by Sebastian Moody
- new street furniture including seating, bins, bike racks and a drinking fountain with bottle refill facility
- creative elements, including Sirmano (Anna Manolatos) colourful mural, to enhance centre character, identity and create a focal point for the community.
Council launched the Sunnybank Village Precinct Project in September 2019. The local community was encouraged to become involved in the planning for the improvement proposal by providing feedback via an online survey and by sharing ideas in person at the information kiosk held late September 2019. The majority of those surveyed were passionate about improving the pedestrian experience and celebrating the local area’s history, increasing the amount of greenery, shade trees and seating areas, and improving on public amenity and safety.
The community was invited to share their ideas for the public space improvements for the project during September 2019. The feedback helped inform the rationale for improvements to the centre and overall design theme of ‘oasis’. The intent of the creative outcomes is to promote a sense of connection throughout the precinct with the local community, improve the centre's identity and celebrate local neighbourhood character.
Local resident, Dennis Hundscheidt, previous head gardener at the Oasis Gardens Resort, consulted with the project on the local area’s planting history and curation.
The creative outcomes for the site were further informed by artist-facilitated community workshops held with the Sunnybank State High School in early 2020. This was an opportunity for an exchange of ideas and skills with the local school community.
The Sunnybank Village Precinct Project creative outcomes include:
- Sebastian Moody’s Journey to Oasis (2020) is a series of works, using brass inlay text and gobo lighting projection, reinforcing the suburb’s distinctive local character and shared aspects of human experience
- Sirmano's (Anna Manolatos) Finding your oasis – a wonderland (2020) is a bold and colourful mural that pays homage to the journey of immigration and exploration of utopian space.
The BrisAsia Bazaar, including markets, food and live entertainment, was held on 6 February 2021 to celebrate the project and the Sunnybank neighbourhood centre.
Local residents and visitors to the precinct enjoyed a diverse array of food and live entertainment and an opportunity to discover the artwork, dining and shopping offerings at this exciting neighbourhood destination.
For more information on the Sunnybank Village Precinct Project, phone Council on 07 3403 8888.