Renewal for town by sea
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.