Horticultural project assisted in Airlie Beach main street
A COMMUNITY project to refurbish a section of the Airlie Beach main street is almost complete.
The project involves IDEAL Placements Disability Employment Service, in conjunction with Dig-it Landscaping.
Three weeks ago work started on beautifying a section of land at the corner of Shute Harbour Road and the Waterson Way entrance to the Airlie main street.
IDEAL Placements CEO Kathy Dine said the project came about because after meeting with a number of local business owners, “it was evident that morale was down due to the recent lack of trade and the effect on shop owners and the community of the main street upgrade”.
“We thought a community project may be a nice gesture to assist in uplifting the business district,” she said.
Ms Dine approached relevant stakeholders and government departments with an offer to run a gardening project that would also assist with up-skilling Whitsunday residents with barriers to employment such as injury, illness and disabilities.
“Our clients are all unemployed and looking for work [and] IDEAL Placements’ aim is to eventually find employment for [them],” she said.
Ms Dine said Mark Wilson from Dig-it Landscaping came on board to offer support for the project, with Dig-it supplying a plan of the land and also providing on-the-job training, supervision, plants and equipment, at no cost to the community.
“IDEAL Placements is excited to have this opportunity, as the clients will benefit greatly from the project along with the Airlie community,” she said.