The wait is over
Funds coming for Childers Streetscape Project.
SOME have labelled it the “forgotten end” of the main street.
Others have referred to it as a “ghost town”. But not for much longer.
The “forgotten end” of Childers is about to get a facelift following the State Government’s commitment to shell out half a million dollars towards completing the Childers Streetscape Project.
Bundaberg Regional Council has agreed to foot the remainder of the bill in what is estimated to be a $1.2M project.
Over the past decade the CBD streetscape has been improved in stages, and these funds will see the remainder of the main street upgraded.
The proposed works will incorporate both sides of the highway from McIlwraith St through to McDonalds, and will include upgrades to footpaths, drainage and lighting, along with landscaping and the removal of invasive tree roots.
Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett, who joined with the Bundaberg Regional Council and Childers Chamber of Commerce to announce the funding, said he was pleased to support the community in the continuation of the streetscape project.
“This is about a true collaboration of all levels of government about delivering what is a special project for Childers,” he said.
“This is, of course, not only about the streetscape, but it is about safety, it is about access and it is about those small businesses in that part of town that deserve a better streetscape frontage.
“Childers has a wonderful main street and if we can continue to enhance and provide those drivers and the economic environment that people want to come and shop in Childers, but, more importantly, the tourists want to take a moment and enjoy this wonderful town, that’s the least we can do.
“For a relatively small investment, it will have huge benefits for this community going forward.”
Chamber vice-president John Russo welcomed the funding, saying it was a “win-win” for the Childers community.
“It’s like a front tooth missing. The project was never completed and this will see the project fully completed, and it will be good for people on the bottom end of town,” he said.
Division 2 councillor Tony Ricciardi was pleased the State Government had recognised the importance of enhancing Childers’ main street.
Cr Ricciardi said it would create a more trafficable and aesthetically pleasing area for events such as the Childers Festival.
He said the work would be funded across two budgets with community input on design works which would get underway in coming months.
CBD UPGRADE: Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett, Childers Chamber of Commerce vice president John Russo, Childers Chamber of Commerce president Troy Madle and Cr Tony Ricciardi.