Bloomfield Street streetscape 20 years old

The Bloomfield Streetscape under construction in 1993 Work at night outside council chamber.
Nanjing Night Net

THE Bloomfield Street Cleveland streetscape was 20 years old last month.

How it looks today.

The $2.5m streetscape was built between June and October 1993 and most of the work was done at night to minimise the disruption to traders.

Designed by John Mongard Landscape Architects in conjunction with the Redland Shire Council’s planning department, the streetscape set new standards in civic design and won several design awards.

The streetscape project aimed to bind together the structure of the main street with a series of community projects, including a children’s playground, and a poetry trail.

Seven communityarts projects were created to allow community participation, foster ownership,enrich the street and to build resistance to acts of vandalism and rejection.

The detailed elements of the streetscape wentbeyond the basics of paving, landscaping, furniture and built form

The designincluded a children’s playground, and a poetry trail.

It includedbanners and windsocks designed by the local art students; street sculptures; atown map carved into the street pavers and a town logo designed by children.

The poetry traill became a memoriam for the legendary local Aboriginal poet Oodegeroo Noonuccal(Kath Walker). This was thefirst poetry trail in Queensland.

And thestreetscape project is credited as the catalyst for community arts in theRedlands.

No resourcesexisted for the creation of community arts in the Shire prior to thisStreetscape Project. No cultural orcommunity development workers, no community arts budget or section; not even apolicy regarding the arts.

After theproject, the Redland Shire Council adopted a Cultural Policy and a CulturalServices Manager was appointed.

The BloomfieldStreet Project has been recognised with an award of excellence from the RoyalAustralian Planners Institute in 1993 for Urban Design, and an Australia DayAward for cultural development.

At the townscale, the project has created an undeniable heart which is generating newgrowth in Cleveland. At the districtscale, the project has created a civic living room – a place where festivalsand cultural rituals have begun to foster

Machine’s eye view of the new pavement work.

The Queen and Bloomfield Streets intersection after the work.

The ripped up Bloomfield Street by day. Work was done each night.

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