Pain for gain in streetscape work

Isis Town and Country - - News -

CHURCHILL St busi­nesses say while the CBD up­grades are nec­es­sary it has not come with­out some fi­nan­cial pain.

The Streetscape Pro­ject, jointly funded by Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil and the State Gov­ern­ment, aims to rein­vig­o­rate the Childers CBD to cre­ate a more invit­ing area that at­tracts shop­pers to Churchill St.

Childers Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Ren Cini said he had spo­ken with a num­ber of busi­nesses and they were re­signed to the fact that it was a case of “short-term pain for long-term gain”.

“Some of these busi­nesses have been hurt­ing,” he said.

Childers IGA owner Bruce Ma­honey said he had spo­ken to the coun­cil about his con­cerns.

“We have put to the coun­cil that they could end up with­out a su­per­mar­ket in the main street,” he said.

“That’s not good for the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

How­ever, Mr Ma­honey said there was no al­ter­na­tive and the coun­cil had worked with busi­nesses to mit­i­gate the im­pact.

“I don’t see any other way of do­ing this with­out some pain,” he said.

“They (coun­cil) have worked with us in­cred­i­bly well.”

Childers Hard­ware owner Paul Bartlett said while the work was be­ing car­ried out at the front of his store ear­lier this year there was a no­tice­able de­cline in sales.

“You just have to ac­cept it and hope the cus­tomers come back, which they have,” he said.

Coun­cil roads and drainage spokesman Tony Ric­cia­rdi said the coun­cil’s staff had not re­ceived any com­plaints from busi­nesses in re­la­tion to the streetscape work.

“While we un­der­stand that road­works do cause some in­con­ve­nience to mo­torists and sur­round­ing prop­er­ties, coun­cil has made ev­ery ef­fort to min­imise the im­pact of the streetscape up­grade,” he said.

“Know­ing this has caused some in­con­ve­nience for busi­nesses and cus­tomers alike, coun­cil would like to thank the com­mu­nity for their pa­tience while these im­por­tant works are car­ried out.”

The work un­der way on the north side is ex­pected to be com­pleted by Au­gust, with the re­main­der of the work, on the south side, ex­pected to be com­pleted by early Novem­ber, weather per­mit­ting.


ROAD­WORKS: Busi­nesses on Churchill St say the long-term ben­e­fits of the road­works out­weigh the short-term pain.

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