Fore­shore over­due for makeover

Es­planade ex­ten­sion

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE Air­lie Beach Fore­shore Revitalisation Group met for the very first time on Tues­day, start­ing pre­lim­i­nary dis­cus­sions on up­grad­ing the gravel carpark and tran­sit ter­mi­nal on the Air­lie Beach fore­shore.

“The Air­lie Fore­shore Revitalisation Pro­ject com­menced to­day, with the steer­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing for the first time to dis­cuss the scope of the pro­ject,” Chief Fi­nan­cial Of­fi­cer of the Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil, Matthew McGoldrick said.

“The steer­ing com­mit­tee in­cludes rep­re­sen­ta­tives from var­i­ous stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing the Whit­sun­day Coast Cham­ber of Com­merce, the Whit­sun­day Lions Club and the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club.”

The meet­ing was held to de­ter­mine what to do with the space which is cur­rently be­ing used as a ca­sual park­ing zone.

“This is very early days in the con­sul­ta­tion process, and we will be dis­cussing var­i­ous con­cepts over the com­ing weeks and months.”

“It’s a bit of an eye­sore at the mo­ment, it’s po­ten­tially a valu­able space”

Whit­sun­day Coast Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Kevin Collins was in at­ten­dance and said they were hop­ing to trans­form the land into green space as an ex­ten­sion of the al­ready ex­ist­ing fore­shore.

“It’s a bit of an eye­sore at the mo­ment, and it’s po­ten­tially a re­ally valu­able space. This pro­ject is part of coun­cil’s on­go­ing ef­forts to move Air­lie Beach for­ward and im­prove on the al­ready ex­ist­ing as­sets,” he said.

“Now that the tran­sit ter­mi­nal has been moved to Port of Air­lie, we re­ally need to do some­thing with the old ter­mi­nal and the land it sits on.”

FORE­SHORE MEET­ING: Scott Reid, Chris Porter, Troy Jones, Cr Jan Clifford, Peter Jef­fries, Mayor Jenny Whit­ney, Matthew McGoldrick, Kevin Collins and Al­lan Grav­elle dis­cussing the fore­shore revitalisation.

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