Restora­tion pro­ject boosts morale in Air­lie’s main street

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

ANEWre­tainer wall, freshly laid turf and new gar­dens now pave the en­trance for mo­torists en­ter­ing the main street of Air­lie Beach, as a re­sult of Ideal Place­ments lat­est com­mu­nity pro­ject.

The pro­ject, cre­ated by Ideal Place­ments with the help of Dig-It Landscaping, aimed to re­store the dead space be­fore the round-a-bout of Shute Har­bour Road and Water­son Way to lift morale of main street op­er­a­tors and give lo­cal res­i­dents an op­por­tu­nity to de­velop new skills.

Ideal Place­ments CEO Kathy Dine said the em­ploy­ment ser­vice spe­cialised in help­ing peo­ple with ill­ness, in­jury, dis­abil­ity or health con­di­tions to get work.

“I am very happy with the suc­cess of the pro­ject and hope­fully it gave our clients some new landscaping and gar­den­ing skills which will po­ten­tially lead to em­ploy­ment,” she said.

Un­der the su­per­vi­sion of Ideal Place- ments and Dig-it Landscaping co-or­di­na­tors, work­ers ea­gerly set out to com­plete the four week pro­ject.

Dig-It Landscaping pro­ject man­ager Mark Wil­son jumped at the op­por­tu­nity to sup­port the pro­ject, do­nat­ing ma­te­ri­als and re­sources for the restora­tion of the area.

“It’s the first thing peo­ple see when they drive into Air­lie so we made a plan to dig up all the old plants, re­store the old re­tain­ing wall and re­plant and re­turf the area,” he said. Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil­lor Kevin Collins pre­sented the pro­ject to coun­cil and said it was nice to be a part of a so­lu­tion.

“The main street pro­ject is some­thing that we have all been sweat­ing on for a long time, but it’s done and there seems to be a nice pos­i­tive buzz in the air,” he said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on projects or to of­fer em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, con­tact Ideal Place­ments on 4948 2121.

COM­MU­NITY PRO­JECT: Ideal Place­ments gen­eral man­ager Kathy Dine cel­e­brated the end of the restora­tion pro­ject with Mark Wil­son from Dig-It Land­scapes and Fish D'vine own­ers Re­becca Clark and Cr Kevin Collins.

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