WHAT’S ON KELVIN GROVE
Kelvin Grove Community and Commerce Association is renowned as a “happening place” all-year-round
To promote community engagement, business activity and increase the broader appeal to the wider community of the unique Kelvin Grove Urban Village and surrounding area by:
• Coordinating meetings & events for community and commercial networking and connection
• Raising funds and receiving contributions where appropriate to support the above
• Publicising and promoting the businesses, academic institutions and organisations of the area
• Extending the “reach” of the KGCCA which is much wider than the KGUV Principal Body Corporate.
-Working with similar groups, chambers and associations to exchange information and liaise on future outcomes for the area.
In 2017, QUT and the Principal Body
Corporate agreed to partial removal of the existing village entry sign at the
corner of Musk Avenue and Kelvin Grove Road.
QUT offered to replace the electric light signage with a new Digital
Billboard at their own cost. The KGCCA
participated in the negotiations necessary to ensure that an equal share of the
available time for QUT (50%) and eligible non-QUT entities (50%). The KGCCA negotiated that QUT will not charge
for the display of content on the signage. However, the KGCCA entered into a
contract with QUT and the Principal Body Corporate in order to facilitate access
to this promotional opportunity by local businesses and community groups in the
village on the condition that these users will bear the costs of their own
display design and artwork. This sign is
visible to up to 62,000 car every day which is great exposure for the local
amenities of the village and enabling them to standout against the background
of the QUT campus.
In 2016, commencement of annual Community
Safety Audits after approaching the Officer in Charge of Brisbane City station. These audits are usually undertaken in
conjunction with Qld Police Service, Brisbane City Council and other local
resident stakeholders. They have been held annually until 2018 when it was decided
to create a virtual Neighbourhood Watch Group (NHWG) for the Village – see link below;
It now has 80 subscribers and participates in the community services stall at the Kelvin Grove Markets on 1st Saturday each month to continue to build awareness. A natural extension of the NHWG was the formation of the Kelvin Grove Community Awareness Committee formed in 2019. It meets quarterly with the primary purpose to achieve a community that provides and promotes community safety and security. Its founding members include; Brisbane Housing Company as Chair, Principal Body Corporate Chair, Neighbourhood Watch Group Chair, Kelvin Grove Community & Commerce Associate Chair, Queensland Police Service, QUT Manager – Security and Emergency Management, Communify Representative & BCC – Councillor.
Facilitated direct consultation with the Brisbane City Council in its planning for the proposed Northern Link Tunnel. The Tunnel posed significant impacts on the road structure around KGCCA and on accessibility to and from KGCCA for pedestrians, cyclists, public transport users and motorists.
The KGCCA representatives participated in the community concultation for design and construction of the inner city bypast in order to address concerns raised by local residents regarding dust and noise.
In 2018 and into 2019 the KGCCA has facilitated stakeholder engagement the “village square” revitalisation project. The Blamey Street/Musk Avenue intersection is a key entry node into Kelvin Grove Urban Village. It is a key decision point for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. The site is underpinned by some large fig trees which mark the corners of the intersection and provide deep shade to the space. Pavements are generous allowing for good pedestrian flow while a scramble crossing at the intersection helps facilitate this flow of movement. The public realm must now take on a new experiential quality to encourage people to stay, shop and spend in effect to create streets that are more enduring from a pedestrian and customer perspective. This requires a more curatorial approach to the public realm and not just landscape design. This requires the built form to be curated at the ground level, as much as, the public realm that surrounds them to create a place worth experiencing.
In 2016, the KGCCA facilitated a agreement and funding commitment between Brisbane City Council, Caninity Hilltop Nursing Home and QUT to design and construct a mobility access ramp to enable residents to access the urban village shopping precinct. Prior to this construction, residents wanting to access the village retail area had to take the dangerous path down a very steep section of Rochester Terrace. This had been proven to be very dangerous for these elderly residents.
The photo below shows the walkway constructed as a result which is suitable for use by all major mobility devices.