The wait is over

Funds com­ing for Childers Streetscape Project.

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page -

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.

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT

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.

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