MAIN St might not be completely finished, but Beenleigh gets the chance to celebrate the opening of its newly-redeveloped Town Square on Friday night.
There will be a free movie, Dolittle, and the site has been an official Olympics Live venue from 9am through to late evening with action from Tokyo showing on the square’s big screen.
The ceremony and entertainment for the reopening of the Town Square begins at 4pm. The free movie screens from 5.30pm to 7.10pm, followed by the resumption of the Tokyo Olympics coverage. Visitors should take a chair or picnic rug. It is a no-alcohol event and pets are not allowed.
The Town Square makeover includes an art-inspired shade solution of 457 circular aluminium discs that become a colourful light show at night.
Laser-cut discs were designed by local artists Madhu Khanna and June Hintz.
Other works by local artists Mary Barron and Kyra Mancktelow will feature in nearby streetscape works while the popular Tree of Life mural in the heart of the square, by Jacobs Well artist Don Waters, will be given a protective coating to ensure its longevity.
Deputy mayor Jon Raven said the project had been in the planning since 2017 and Beenleigh had enormous economic potential.
“We want this $1.2 million investment in Beenleigh to activate the Town Square day and night to encourage more people to visit, shop and work in Beenleigh,” he said.
Works in Main St have come under some fire from residents and shopkeepers, but Cr Karen Murphy thanked business owners and the local community for their patience during the Town Square upgrade and nearby streetscaping works.
“The rejuvenation of Beenleigh is exciting and I encourage everyone to visit and enjoy our new-look city centre and support our local businesses,” Cr Murphy said.
Local traders welcomed the reopening of the square which will also see the return of the night markets as well as hosting other community gatherings and events.
Denise Jackson, who runs The Dry Cleaner Beenleigh in Main St, described Beenleigh City Centre as friendly and welcoming.
“Everyone who comes here is treated like family,” she said.
“With all these wonderful upgrade works, it is good times ahead for Beenleigh.”
Fellow Main Street shop owner Anj Pieper, of Luv-a-Coffee Beenleigh, said many Beenleigh businesses are locally owned and operated.
“Now is the time for our community to get out and support local businesses so we are all there for many years to come.”
The project has been jointly funded by the state government and council.
Photo: Cr Karen Murphy with Right Step dancers (from left) Chelsea Janssen 11, Bella Broughton, 5, and Lacey Janssen, 8, who will perform at the re-opening of Beenleigh Town Square and free family movie night on Friday, July 30. Some of the colourful shade solution discs are above.