Concerns over future of Proserpine’s main street
THE Proserpine community appears to be divided over Whitsunday Regional Council’s plans to beautify the main street.
Whitsunday mayor Jennifer Whitney said Council recently held an information session for main street business owners and landlords to discuss the proposed beautification program.
Cr Whitney said it was agreed that business owners and the community were looking for a consistent vision or theme for the Main Street, to best promote Proserpine as a business town.
While some business owners raised concerns about trees and garden beds reducing truck access and the number of parking spaces for potential shoppers, it was also acknowledged that greenery was needed for shade purposes and aesthetics.
“A possible solution put forward by business owners was the relocation of a few specific trees causing issues for particular business owners,” Cr Whitney said.
“The trees would be relocated to suitable sites within the part of Main Street not yet beautified, reducing transportation and future beautification costs.”
A public petition against the removal of the trees on the Proserpine Main Street was presented to Council at yesterday’s ordinary meeting in Bowen.
Cr Whitney promised further work would be done by Council to find a solution for Proserpine’s Main Street, which would include a survey to give the community more input.
Proserpine Pies and Pastries owner Kim Hogan is just one of many who believe the street could definitely do with a makeover.
“It needs to become a bit more modern – it’s looking a bit dated,” she said.
Ms Hogan said walkways could be redone in a similar manner to those near the Whitsunday Regional Council offices and she suggested a fresh coat of paint to some of the premises and an upgrade to the crossing in the centre of town.
Customer parking was also a concern that she hoped could be improved by increasing the number of car parks.