Pain for gain in streetscape work
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.