Plans to increase pedestrian space will revitalise the Queen Street Mall by refreshing the space and relocating iconic businesses

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk today announced plans to revitalise the Queen Street Mall that will see Jimmy’s on the Mall and Cafe East merge into a single, two-storey venue and the Visitor Information Centre rehomed in the Regent Theatre site.

Cr Quirk said the new open space would cater for pedestrians and improve facilities for visitors.

“The Mall is one of the most successful and iconic retail boulevards in Australia which today accommodates 26 million visitors and more than 1000 retailers,” says Cr Quirk. “It offers everything from boutique offerings to international labels such as Chanel, Tiffany and Co and Louis Vuitton.”

The changes will be made without financial contribution from council.

The Queen Street Mall Master Plan will also be refreshed next year and will include consultation with local residents, shoppers, traders and business owners to create the new direction for the precinct.

“Council constantly reviews the Mall to ensure it maintains its role as a functional and progressive urban space which is one of the key reasons this revitalisation has been planned,” says Cr Quirk.

The consolidation of Jimmy’s on the Mall and Cafe East restaurants is currently still undergoing assessment from council, but the relocation of the Visitor Information Centre is scheduled for completion later this year.

“The Visitor Information Centre had contact with almost 900,000 people in the last financial year,” says Cr Quirk. “Its new site will not only retain its central position, but increase its total space from around 100 square metres to more than 350 square metres.”

Existing leaseholders in the mall have been offered two-year extensions to ensure no impact on their commercial standing during the G20 Summit and master planning process.

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