Fore­shore set for an ‘up­grade’

Can­non­vale’s makeover

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Louise Shan­non

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.

PHOTO: SHARON SMALL­WOOD

FACELIFT: Mark Cal­laghan, Ron Pet­ter­son and Joanne Hen­nessy at the Can­non­vale fore­shore.

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