Detailed designs pave the way for new public space in Dalby

Published on 15 February 2022


A brand-new public space is right around the corner for Dalby, with the final designs unveiled for the 120 Cunningham Street revitalisation ahead of works commencing in May.

The project is currently out to tender for construction, which will see the former Mary Barry Commercial Hotel site transformed into a vibrant community space for residents and visitors.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said the project would deliver an exciting and modern space that would drive activity in Dalby’s town centre.

“This project is about activating Dalby’s main street and creating a space that our community can enjoy right throughout the year, while offering a beautiful spot for visitors to explore and unwind,” Cr McVeigh said.

“Renowned Queensland architectural firm Blight Rayner has completed the detailed designs for the project, which have been created with special attention to the Western Downs region and the historic significance of the site.

“This site is about bringing a ‘wow’ factor to Cunningham Street, with a range of innovative features to draw people in during the day and night and celebrate everything that makes the Western Downs such a wonderful place to live and visit.

“One of the centerpieces of the new space will be the outdoor projector screens which will have the ability to display digital art and convert into an outdoor cinema for community movie nights and regional promotion.

“Some other fantastic features include vibrant arbours, colourful lighting, carefully selected flowers, shrubs and trees to suit our climate, a range of seating, tables, water misting fans to cool the area down, and space for food trucks and market stalls.”

Cr McVeigh said honouring Mary Barry’s memory was a key part of the design, with a dedicated replica of the Commercial Hotel’s front bar to be installed, along with Mary Barry’s famous phrase ‘Happy Days Luv’.

“This is a significant site for the region’s history and we’re ensuring this memory lives on by incorporating features like the ‘bar’ style table that replicated the former front bar at the Commercial Hotel,” he said.

“This will be shaded with innovative perspex and greenery to welcome people to the space to meet, catch up for a coffee with a friend, enjoy a break from the workday or simply gather for a good time outdoors.

“We will also be seeking input from the community to name the new space, and we look forward to announcing more details around that very soon.”

The project is being delivered in partnership with the Queensland Government’s Works 4 Queensland Program.

Construction is expected to commence in May 2022.

For more information visit Council’s website via

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