Mid­night makeover for Air­lie main street

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THERE was no fairy god­mother turn­ing rags to gowns, mice to horses or pump­kins to car­riages – just two men from Etwell Com­mer­cial Clean­ers per­form­ing their own makeovers on the Air­lie Beach main street with­out the mid­night dead­line.

In fact, mid­night is when the magic hap­pens.

Etwell’s clean-up op­er­a­tion, now un­der way, was or­gan­ised by Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil, which agreed it was long over­due.

The works be­gan on Mon­day and are ex­pected to last the week, with clean­ing run­ning from mid­night to around 7.30am. On Tues­day morn­ing Etwell Com­mer­cial Clean­ers had al­ready wa­ter blasted the en­tire left side of the street.

“It’s go­ing good so far. One more side to go,” worker Mick Leo joked.

“It cer­tainly gets you out of bed,” his col­league Mal­colm Thompson added.

Mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney said the clean-up was part of an an­nual street clean pro­gram or­gan­ised by coun­cil through­out the Whit­sun­days.

“The Air­lie Beach main street has not had a big clean since the re­con­struc­tion of new pave­ments so it’s well over­due,” she said.

Cr Whit­ney said the pres­sure clean­ing was tak­ing place nightly to min­imise dis­rup­tions to lo­cal busi­nesses.

“(And) I would like to thank the com­mu­nity for their pa­tience over the week,” she said. “Just like other main streets in the Whit­sun­days, we’ve got a great as­set here in Air­lie Beach and need to en­sure it keeps clean.”

Photo: Char­lotte Lam

KEEP­ING CLEAN: Mick Leo and Mal­colm Thompson from Etwell Com­mer­cial Clean­ing on the Air­lie Beach main street on Mon­day morn­ing.

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