The Precinct project will deliver a purpose-built performing arts centre known as the Cairns Performing Arts Centre and a lush, tropical parkland with performance stage and amphitheatre called Munro Martin Parklands.
Munro Martin Parklands (MMP) has been completed and was officially opened by Cairns Mayor Bob Manning and His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, on 18 August 2016.
The cost of the overall project is estimated at $76.5 million. The Federal Government has allocated $10 million to the project under the National Stronger Regions Fund and the Queensland Government promised $15 million in its 2016/17 budget.
The balance of the project will be funded from Council's capital works budget over three years.
Florence Street, between Sheridan and Grafton streets, is to receive a major upgrade as part of The Precinct project.
The Link will not only provide a visual connection between Munro Martin Parklands and the Cairns Performing Arts Centre, it has been designed to double as an entertainment space on those occasions when the road is temporarily closed to accommodate festivals and events that use both venues.
The Link will include:
Extensive landscaping on both sides of the street
A larger, landscaped centre median, including coloured up-lighting
Manually operated bollards in the centre median that can be removed during events taking in both Munro Martin Parklands and the Cairns Performing Arts Centre
An innovative road treatment using a “stamping” technique to add colour and a pattern directly into the asphalt
Accessible parking bays
Bus drop-off zones for Munro Martin Parklands and the Cairns Performing Arts Centre
Improved street lighting
Provision for CCTV upgrades.
The Florence Street Link has been developed with careful consideration to pedestrian safety by encouraging people to cross at the traffic lights at either end of the block.