Re­newal for town by sea

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - by John An­der­sen john. an­der­sen@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

CARD­WELL: cy­clone rav­aged one day, drop dead gor­geous the next.

Well not quite. The once pretty lit­tle sea­side town half­way be­tween Townsville and Cairns took a beat­ing from Cy­clone Yasi on Fe­bru­ary 2-3 and still has the black eyes and the bruises to prove it. She hasn’t ex­actly re­turned to her pic­ture post­card sta­tus, but the worst of the wounds are start­ing to heal. Sand, logs and other de­bris have been cleared from the streets, but t h e b u i l d i n g s , many d e - stroyed and many dam­aged, are still wait­ing to be re­paired, pend­ing in­surance as­sess­ments that are on-go­ing.

The ‘‘ drop dead gor­geous’’ phase is next to come and if plans by com­mit­tees work­ing on the re-imag­ing of the town post-Yasi come to fruition, Card­well is go­ing to get a makeover that will see it trans­formed into the Noosa of the North.

Card­well Cham­ber of Com­merce mem­ber and chair­man

Card­well is such a beau­ti­ful town with so many at­trac­tions. What we all want to do is come up with some­thing that will give our com­mu­nity a lift

of the cham­ber’s Rede­vel­op­ment and Strate­gic Mas­ter Plan sub-com­mit­tee Lind­say Hal­lam said an op­por­tu­nity now ex­isted to re­shape Card­well and that it shouldn’t be wasted.

He said Grif­fith Univer­sity p l a n n e r s m e t w i t h t h e cham­ber and other res­i­dents a lift,’’ Mr Hal­lam said.

He said the meet­ing with the Grif­fith Univer­sity plan­ning ex­perts in­clud­ing Pro­fes­sor Dar­ryl Low­choy and and ur­ban and open space en­vi­ron­men­tal plan­ning ex­pert, would con­tinue to­day

He said the Main Roads Depart­ment was talk­ing about spend­ing $ 16 mil­lion on the re­build­ing of the town sec­tion of the Bruce High­way which was badly dam­aged in the cy­clone.

‘‘ Seven thou­sand ve­hi­cles a day drive through Card­well. We want each one of those 7000 ve­hi­cles to stop here and for peo­ple to buy a pie, a piece of fish and to re­fuel,’’ he said.

Mr Hal­lam said towns­peo­ple wanted the high­way rede­vel­op­ment to in­clude park­land and re­cre­ation ar­eas where trav­ellers could re­lax and ad­mire the view.

Mr Hal­lam said the com­mu­nity did not want a high­way by-pass around the back of the town. He said the town needed the high­way to stay where it was so that busi­nesses could ben­e­fit from the pass­ing trade.

‘‘ Ul­ti­mately, we re­alise one day we might have a heavy ve­hi­cle by-pass,’’ he said.

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