New shel­ter now in place at lo­cal bus stop

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

AF­TER months of de­bate over the shel­tered bus stop on Is­land Drive, a per­ma­nent struc­ture has now been in­stalled.

Fol­low­ing the Whit­sun­day Shop­ping Cen­tre fire last year, the lack of a shel­ter be­came a topic of dis­cus­sion in the com­mu­nity and de­bate raged about whether it was Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil’s prob­lem or the shop­ping cen­tre’s.

Whit­sun­day di­vi­sion 1 coun­cil­lor Jan Clif­ford stepped in over the com­plaints and a tem­po­rary shel­ter was in­stalled in Fe­bru­ary.

The new shel­ter was ex­pected to be in­stalled not long af­ter, and af­ter a de­lay, on Fri­day, the big­ger, per­ma­nent shel­ter was erected by Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil.

Say­ing she was “sorry” it took so long, Cr Clif­ford put the de­lay down to spec­i­fi­ca­tions for the shel­ter.

“Be­cause of the nar­row­ness of pave­ment and few other is­sues we had to have it spe­cially built,” she said.

“The boys in the en­gi­neer­ing de­part­ment have done a great job to­day.

“Due to the con­straints of the site, we couldn’t just pop one on.

“It can’t be any big­ger be­cause it can’t be any wider when buses come in (but) I hope ev­ery­one is happy with it and en­joys it as much as one can en­joy a bus shel­ter.”

❝con­straints Due to the of the site, we couldn’t just pop one on. — Jan Clif­ford

PHOTO: DANE LILLINGSTONE

TOP IT OFF: Whit­sun­day coun­cil­lor Jan Clif­ford with the com­pleted bus shel­ter next to the Whit­sun­day Shop­ping Cen­tre on Is­land Dr.

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