Air­lie’s Main Street op­er­at­ing in both di­rec­tions

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE -

AIR­LIE Beach’s Main Street re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion pro­ject came to an end on the week­end with Probuild Civil fi­nal­is­ing the ma­jor civil works on Satur­day.

The beau­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­ject started with works on Water­son Way and Be­g­ley Street in March last year be­fore the main street up­grade got un­der­way in Oc­to­ber.

The pro­ject took more than 12 months to com­plete and was a ma­jor cause of con­cern for lo­cal busi­nesses with sev­eral un­able to sur­vive the down­turn in cus­tomers dur­ing the up­grade.

Mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney said the com­ple­tion was an ex­cit­ing time for the town­ship of Air­lie Beach and the broader Whit­sun­day re­gion.

“The re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion pro­ject will ul­ti­mately re­new the town’s image and re­gen­er­ate Air­lie Beach tourism, not only as the gate­way to the Whit­sun­days but as a des­ti­na­tion in its own right,” she said.

“I hope lo­cals and vis­i­tors en­joy this ex­cit­ing time and the op­por­tu­ni­ties it will cre­ate for our re­gion.”

Air­lie Beach Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Jo Sweeney said ev­ery­one was def­i­nitely re­lieved to have the cages down and the new Air­lie Main Street op­er­a­tional.

WMDL CEO Da­nial Rochford said that ex­cit­ing times were ahead and lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties for Air­lie Beach and the Whit­sun­days would come out of the main street rede­vel­op­ment.

“While the past ten months have been dif­fi­cult for lo­cal busi­nesses, it is ex­cit­ing to be now in a po­si­tion of look­ing for­ward just in time for the Septem­ber school holidays,” he said.

STREET UP­GRADE: The de­vel­op­ment of the main street of Air­lie Beach is now fin­ished with the new streetscape open­ing once again to two-way traf­fic on Mon­day.

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