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Council unveils concept design for Dalby’s ‘town heart’

One of the concept images for 120 Cunningham Street

Dalby’s town centre will be transformed into a vibrant, exciting and energized hub, with Western Downs Regional Council today approving the concept design for a brand-new public space at 120 Cunningham Street.   

Council has this week endorsed the 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. 

Mayor Paul McVeigh said it was fantastic to have a clear vision for the future of the site, following a thorough selection process.  

Council is absolutely delighted to approve the concept design provided by one of Australia’s most celebrated architectural firms, which will transform the space on Cunningham Street, and boost our region’s fantastic liveability,” Cr McVeigh said.  

“Earlier in the year we sought feedback from the community about what they’d like to see delivered in the space, with most of the feedback suggesting greenery, shade and shelter, an outdoor cinema, and a means to preserve the memory of Mary Barry.  

“The concept design deliveron those suggestions while creating a spectacular public space which can be enjoyed during both day and night, activating the town centre and encouraging residents and visitors to come together and explore our great region.  

“Some of the key features include colourful flowered arbours connecting Cunningham and Archibald Streets, an outdoor digital screen for movies, digital art shows and other video content, main plaza for events, and spaces to encourage new local eateries and temporary food trucks  

“A spectacular light show will activate the space at night and work in with the digital artworks displayed on the screens.  

“A standalone abstract replica of the Commercial Hotel’s famous bar will also be installed, with Mary Barry’s famous words ‘happy days luv‘ inscribed.  

“This fantastic design will mark the beginning of a new chapter for Dalby, offering a space for people to meet and relax, participate in community events, and celebrate what it means to be a part of the Western Downs family.  

Detailed designs will now be developed to ensure the project is ‘shovel ready’ to seek funding from other levels of Government.  

Michael Rayner (of Blight Rayner) is a Brisbane-based architect involved in various well-known Queensland projects including the Waltzing Matilda Centre and Age of Dinosaurs Museum at Winton, Flinders Street revitalisation in Townsville, and the Kurilpa Pedestrian Bridge in Brisbane. 

Keep updated on the project here: https://www.wdrc.qld.gov.au/120-cunningham/

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