Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Dane Lilling­stone

“Come and talk to us”

– Scott Reid

DE­BATE has en­sued ever since it was an­nounced that an iconic piece of Air­lie Beach – the fore­shore – could be changed for­ever.

Time is run­ning out to have your say on the Air­lie Beach Fore­shore Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion Pro­posal, with the cur­rent com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion process to end on June 23.

Among the most pop­u­lar top­ics are the im­pact on car parks in the area and the fu­ture location of the Lions Air­lie Beach Fore­shore Mar­kets.

Com­mu­nity con­sul­tants RPS have been hired by Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil to en­gage with the pub­lic on the pro­posal.

RPS’s Scott Reid wants to stress the pro­posal is still in its early stages and not “set in stone”.

“It’s a chance for the com­mu­nity to have their say,” he said.

“What we are af­ter is some con­struc­tive feed­back – if this location is not suit­able, where do you think would be suit­able? If the location isn’t suit­able, are there el­e­ments within this de­sign that would be suit­able in an­other location?

“Our door is open to talk to any group.

Mr Reid ac­knowl­edged the con­cerns from some sec­tors of the pub­lic, but said Coun­cil were seek­ing some “mid­dle ground be­tween what the greater pub­lic wants, what mar­ket stall hold­ers want and what busi­ness own­ers want”.

“There needs to be a bit of give and take on all sides to see what’s go­ing to work,” he said.Mr Reid said he wanted one sim­ple mes­sage con- veyed. “Come and talk to us.”

Among the ben­e­fits of the cur­rent pro­posal would be a shift to­wards a multi-pur­pose fa­cil­ity with the po­ten­tial for night mar­kets, greater elec­tric­ity and light­ing and the prospect of host­ing more fes- tivals. Once the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod is over, a re­port will be sub­mit­ted by RPS to Coun­cil and fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion could take place. Peo­ple wish­ing to sub­mit feed­back can con­tact RPS on 4948 5361 or visit the coun­cil web­site.

PRO­POSED: Scott Reid from RPS has been dis­cussing the plans with mem­bers of the pub­lic at the mar­kets.

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