THE City of Logan is putting Beenleigh at the top of its “to do” list.

A beautification project has begun and new CCTV cameras are set to be installed in the central business district to improve safety.

It all starts with new shade “dots” which will give the Beenleigh Town Square a new look, accompanied by public art.

There will be up to 400 aluminium discs suspended above the square, designed to provide shade while adding colour with feature lighting.

It’s been almost four years since a Beenleigh Summit in 2017, but Logan City Council insists people’s ideas from the workshop inspired the design.

The summit was pitched as an event to find ways to best unlock the suburb’s economic and place making potential.

Deputy mayor Jon Raven said $5 million was allocated to implement a number of projects developed at the summit.

“The community told us loud and clear that increasing shade at Beenleigh Town Square was their top priority which is why it’s one of the first projects we’re delivering,” Cr Raven said.

“We challenged contractors to make the shade solution relevant to Beenleigh, they’ve done this by laser cutting the work of local artists into the discs.”

Cr Raven said the discs would be suspended via a system of overhead rigging wires connected to support poles, and would be placed between 4m and 7m above the ground.

“Creating more shade in the Square will make the space inviting during the day, and by night we can light it up so it becomes the talk of the town,” he said.

“The lighting can be programmed to specific themes for events and special occasions which will show off the Square and the artwork in the evening.”

The councillor representing Beenleigh Karen Murphy, said the Beenleigh Town Square concept would be replicated in other parts of the Beenleigh CBD as Council begins further streetscape upgrades in February.

“In a further sign of confidence, we’ll see the $40 million The York development completed later this year, in addition to another commercial office development in Kokoda St and an all-day parking facility, which is being developed by the private sector,” Cr Murphy said.

“With good transport infrastructure already in here, there is enormous potential for Beenleigh to flourish.”

Cr Murphy said additional CCTV would be installed in Beenleigh in the coming months to connect into the existing Logan Safety Camera Program, while upgrades are also planned for other Council facilities, including parks, sports clubs and community centres.

Investment in the area was given a boost in 2019 when national coffee franchisor Zarraffa’s invested $20 million to relocate its headquarters from the Gold Coast, and Distillery Road Market will launch later this year.

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