Foreshore set for an ‘upgrade’
ONE of the Whitsundays’ most idyllic locations for an after-school play, a beach adventure, a family get-together or a birthday celebration for any age group, is set to receive an upgrade.
Last Friday, Division 2 councillor Ron Petterson was at the Canonnvale Beach foreshore meeting with residents to gauge their thoughts and feedback on draft plans for its upgrade which have now been made available to the public.
Resident of 35 years and Cannovale State School teacher Maz McDougall said she believed the planned redevelopment, which included improvements to the barbecue areas, installation of exercise equipment along the footpath and more tables, would provide a much-needed boost to the area.
“It’s such a great hub for after-school activities and what they’re planning on doing looks awesome. It will be great to see Cannovale get back to the nice little spot that it was,” she said.
Ms McDougall said a stinger net would also be reinstalled which would be a great asset for summer.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said council had a comprehensive concept plan already prepared, and the final step before progressing with the works was to “get feedback from the community”.
Cr Petterson said the $590,000 project envisaged a wonderful revamp of the area, which had taken into account ideas and input from local residents, and he was now passionate about moving ahead with Stages 1 and 2 of the proposed plans.
“I’ve always loved Cannonvale Beach and I’ve always thought it was such a beautiful spot with such an incredible view. But the beach and the playground equipment was really dated,” he said.
Cr Petterson said the long-term goal was to revitalise the whole area and bring it back to life, creating a community space that suited everyone.
He said the design had included considerations that would allow parents or older children to be using exercise equipment while younger children would be able to play nearby, and the barbecues would be located near where the rest of a person’s family or friends would be gathered.
Plans also included improved footpaths and connections, and more car parking near Cannonvale Beach.
Have your say online at http://yoursay. whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au.
Public consultation will close on Sunday, July 23, after which the design consultants will finalise the concept plans.
FACELIFT: Mark Callaghan, Ron Petterson and Joanne Hennessy at the Cannonvale foreshore.