Flinders Street has become Townsville’s premiere strip right in the city heart. After a $56 million redevelopment, Townsville’s oldest shopping street has been revitalised and is growing its reputation as a centre for fashion, food and atmosphere. The new look street includes cafes, an alfresco atmosphere and Flinders Square.
The redevelopment of Flinders Street has revitalised and provided a catalyst for the sustained growth of Northern Australia’s most significant central business district. The project aims to regenerate commercial and community interaction in Townsville’s city centre by constructing a distinctive, accessible high street that draws its vitality from the heritage and environment values of the precinct.
The Flinders Street redevelopment included:
- the transformation of the tired Flinders Mall into a calmed street;
- the creation of Flinders Square as a focal, waterfront plaza;
- the renovation of Flinders Street East to recapture its outstanding historic character, and;
- the renovation of adjoining upper Stokes Street with increased parking, taxi ranks and new landscaping.
The Flinders Street redevelopment has sparked a transformation that has brought to life the great potential of Townsville’s CBD. It is clear that the redevelopment has been an outstanding success. The broad, open new streetscape, and the shaded tropical square next to Ross Creek, have been embraced by Townsville residents and have inspired confidence in the commercial and retail potential of the Flinders Street precinct.
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