Dalby: 120 Cunningham Street

  • Project typeOutdoor Public Space
  • Project scheduleIn progress | Construction phase

Western Downs Regional Council is delivering a brand-new public space at 120 Cunningham Street (Former Mary's Commercial Hotel site) which will create a vibrant, exciting and energized town centre.

The 120 Cunningham Street project is one of several major projects Council is fast tracking under its COVID-19 Recovery Package to secure and create jobs and boost the liveability of the Western Downs.

The project will transform the site into a spectacular public space to be enjoyed day and night, activating the town centre and encouraging residents and visitors to come together and explore our region.

Following community feedback and a thorough selection process, Council has endorsed the concept design (pictured) submitted by Queensland architectural firm Blight Rayner. Western Downs company New State Builders have been contracted to build the project.

Have Your Say: Name this Space!

Closes Sunday 11 December 2022

Community interest and excitement has been growing around the space at 120 Cunningham Street, Dalby. Significant works are underway and construction is now visible. To celebrate the construction milestone we are asking the community to have their say on what this space will be called. 

When finished it will be an exciting and vibrant location for locals to enjoy, and to attract tourists and visitors into the town, now and into the future. A name should be representative, inspiring and meaningful and this ‘Have your say’ engagement will capture your ideas and themes for Council to consider in naming the location.

Using the form below put forward a name or theme for consideration by Council. Your submission should also include a reason/s why you think the name is suitable. You can also submit supporting information or documents with your submission.

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Have your say process:

All submissions will be assessed for acceptability and shortlisted names will be collated for presentation to Council for consideration. Council will decide upon on the most suitable name and at its discretion, may adopt, alter or reject recommendations presented.



Key Features:

  • Colourful flowered arbours connecting Cunningham and Archibald Streets
  • Outdoor screen for movies, art shows and other video content
  • Spectacular light show to activate the space at night and work in with artworks
  • Abstract replica of the Commercial Hotel's famous bar
  • Main plaza for events
  • Spaces to encourage new local eateries and temporary food vendors

Project Status:  Construction Phase

November 2022 - Construction Underway 
Structural steel installations.

September - October 2022 

  • 120 Cunningham Street footpath closed for the duration of the project
  • Underground services are being installed
  • Structural steel for the canopy, Mary's Bar and the arbours are under fabrication
  • Concrete works set to commence

August - September 2022 - Earthworks in progress
The site has been cleared and existing foundations removed, foundations for Mary's Bar and Arbour 1 are underway and storm water installation has commenced.

July 2022 - Earthworks commenced

June 2022 - Works Commenced
Works on the site have commenced.

21 April 2022 - Blight Rayner endorsed by Council to complete detailed design for construction 

February 2022 - Detailed designs unveiled, out to tender for construction
Detailed designed have been completed by Blight Rayner.

9 December 2021 - Concept design endorsed by Council:
A concept design developed by renowned Queensland architectural firm Blight Rayner, which will see a spectacular 'town heart' created on the former Mary's Commercial Hotel site. A detailed design will now be developed to ensure the project is shovel ready for funding from other levels of government. 


120 Cunningham Street, Dalby 4405  View Map

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