CBD Facade Improvement Scheme

Rockhampton Regional Council has developed a Façade Improvement Scheme to work in partnership with property and small business owners to facilitate and support the revitalisation of façades within the CBD. The scheme is part of Council’s ongoing commitment to optimise the success of the Rockhampton CBD.

The Façade Improvement Scheme is aimed at encouraging building owners and business operators to invest in façade renovations and storefront improvements for their building using grants to cover a portion of renovation costs.  Improving façades has been found to positively influence the perception of a place and encourage overall improvement in a CBD’s economy, social and cultural environment, and safety.

Benefits of the Façade Improvement Scheme

  • Promote the viability of retail and commercial businesses;
  • Help building owners to attract and retain tenants;
  • Contribute to the quality of life of residents, workers and visitors to the city;
  • Make the city shopping streets more inviting and interesting places to work and shop; and
  • Build local community and civic pride among the business community and people of Rockhampton.

The Scheme will also ensure that local businesses and tradespeople are employed where practicable, with Council seeking expressions of interest from local businesses and tradespeople who specialise in shopfront design and refurbishment. Click here to see a list of local businesses who have nominated their interest.

Grants will be eligible to property and business owners located in a defined area of the CBD, with one grant eligible per property. A grant can match up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $5,000 per façade based on length of shop frontage.  Funding will be allocated on a case-by-case basis subject to Council approval until an allocated budget has been spent or the scheme year has ended. 

More information and eligibility

To learn more about the scheme and find out if your business or property is eligible, download a fact sheet and information package or contact Taylor Williams on 4936 8926 or email at taylor.williams@rrc.qld.gov.au.

RRC-Facade-Improvement-Scheme-Fact-Sheet.pdf(PDF, 891KB)

RRC-Facade-Improvement-Scheme-Information-Package.pdf(PDF, 2MB)

How to apply

Email your completed Facade Improvement Scheme Application Form(PDF, 137KB) to taylor.williams@rrc.qld.gov.au.