Foreshore overdue for makeover
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.