Eighty Brisbane Streets historic charm

Eighty Brisbane Street has its historic charm back after building owners, David and Kate Farrer, received funding which allowed them to accomplish a long-awaited goal of upgrading their shopfront.

Read the full story published on Ipswich First. See before and after shots below.

Before and After - D & K Farrer | 80 Brisbane St, Ipswich


Former City Café, 1921


First works completed for CJ Vogler & Son

Ipswich’s oldest business, CJ Vogler & Son, established in 1877 is the first of the 12 recipients to give their business facade a fresh coat of paint, new signage and roller doors.

Read the full story published on Ipswich First. See the before and after shots below.

Before and After - CJ Vogler & Son | 138 Brisbane St, Ipswich


The pilot Façade Improvement Program (FIP) is designed to encourage building owners and operators to invest in façade renovations, using the incentive to cover a portion of the costs.

The program launched on Monday 27 July 2020 and closed on Wednesday 19 October 2020. Twelve applications were received and the program was oversubscribed. Councillors unanimously agreed to extend the funding to to assist the 12 successful applications. We look forward to seeing the transformations happen in early 2021.


The guidelines for applications are in the document library and applications were submitted through Smarty Grants.

The aim of this pilot program is to partner with local businesses to increase economic opportunities through the preservation and improvement of building facades and commercial streetscapes in the eligible pilot area, which will help to increase patronage and ultimately foot traffic.