Con­cerns over fu­ture of Proser­pine’s main street

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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