MARKETS ON THE MOVE?
“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.