Suburban centres play an important role within a community. Not only do they provide services and shops to support the local people but they also assist in creating community spirit and identity. The roles in which these centres play within the local community have changed significantly over time. With this change comes a greater emphasis on activating the street and strengthening community identity.
As a result of this it is becoming evident that the impact of traffic through suburban centres is hindering significantly on their productivity and vibrancy. With no sign of easing traffic congestion and the pressure of big box retail centres it is clear that suburban centres must change in order to survive. Recognising the importance of these areas the Brisbane City Council has established a program aimed at rejuvenating suburban centres by increasing their vitality and sense of community identity.
This study looks at the contemporary role of suburban shopping centres and how the impact of traffic affects them. Furthermore it examines the effectiveness of the Council’s improvement program and their attempt in revitalising them and creating community villages. The study revealed that there are many aspects of the Council’s program that effectively support the change in role of suburban centres however its limitations to providing only physical amenities to the streetscape meant that the full potential of these areas may not realised. The recommendations were for the Brisbane City Council to undertake the program in association with other affiliated projects to ensure the best possible outcome and most effective steps are taken. In working in calibration with other works the future prosperity and true potential of suburban centres can be achieved.