Countdown is on to finish Airlie’s main street upgrade
THERE is light at the end of the tunnel. This is the message for business owners, residents and visitors to Airlie Beach who have endured a long and disruptive upgrade to the town’s main street.
A street party is is set for mid-August and a final end date set for midSeptember. A banner has been erected at the entrance to the main street to inform the Whitsunday commun- ity that the re-development is nearing completion.
Whitsundays Marketing and Development Limited (WMDL) chief executive officer Danial Rochford said with one half of the street now complete, things were really starting to take shape.
“It has been so hard on the local businesses but I think we can all now start to see what benefits this upgrade is going to bring to Airlie Beach,” he said. “Now, more than ever is the time to get the message out that the re-development will be over soon and we will have a brand new main street.”
WMDL Tourism Strategic Advisory Group chairman Jeff Aquilina said the banner was just one of the many initiatives by WMDL and local industry to keep the community positive and drive visitors to the region during such tough times.
Choose Airlie campaigner Jo Sweeney said it was exciting that Probuild were on the home stretch. She said the focus now needed to shift towards encouraging more activity in the street.
Probuild Civil senior project engineer Rashan Madawita said among the finishing touches was a new plan to prevent vandalism of the street’s welcome sign. He said this had been submitted to Council with Probuild hoping to have the sign restored within the next few weeks.
Mr Rochford said WMDL had recently submitted a funding proposal to the State Government to relaunch Airlie Beach in September once the upgrade was complete. He said WMDL was eagerly awaiting the outcome of this.
Next week, Council has advised that the main street will be closed on Monday and Tuesday (July 15 and 16) from 10pm-6am to remove existing power poles.
Ergon Energy will start these works near the Night Owl on Monday and work back towards Broadwater Avenue on Tuesday. There will be changes to traffic on Waterson Way (east) on Monday night.