Per­ma­nent shel­ter is com­ing

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times

IT HAS been a “long and painful process” but some good news has ar­rived for Whit­sun­day Shop­ping Cen­tre bus commuters.

Di­vi­sion 1 Coun­cil­lor Jan Clif­ford said a per­ma­nent bus shel­ter to re­place the tem­po­rary one at Is­land Drive had ar­rived.

“We are now wait­ing for Translink to let us know when it can be done and we will have to close the bus stop down,” she said.

“It will be in­stalled as soon as hu­manly pos­si­ble,” she added.

Cr Clif­ford said while she was yet to see the struc­ture it would be “big­ger” and “more ex­pan­sive”.

This would be mu­sic to the ears of fre­quent bus users Adam Far­rell and Gaby Clarke who re­sorted to wait­ing for their bus un­der the shade of a tree across the road last week­end.

They said there were of­ten a lot of peo­ple wait­ing for a bus dur­ing dif­fer­ent times of the day and it was hard to se­cure shade un­der the shel­ter.

Another bus com­muter, Andy McDougall said he un­der­stood the cur­rent shel­ter was tem­po­rary but would be happy to see some­thing more ex­ten­sive.

“If it’s here for two years then that wouldn’t be right but for a few weeks this is okay,” he said.

“It would be good if some­thing more sub­stan­tial was done to ac­com­mo­date the num­ber of peo­ple who use it.”

Cr Clif­ford said coun­cil would look to put the cur­rent Is­land Drive shel­ter to good use at another lo­ca­tion.

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