THE Airlie Foreshore Revitalisation Project has started. So for the past five weeks the only apparent work undertaken is to extend the completion date by a month.
While the WRC has handed over the area to the contractor, the lack of pre-planning is starkly apparent, frustrating and embarrassing.
Cruise ship tourists are transported to the markets, but alas the public toilets there are fenced off. Many passengers are elderly and are unable to walk quickly to the Lagoon toilets’ area. There are seven more ships arriving in October and many more in November through to March.
In the middle of school holidays there are no public toilets at the Esplanade end of town. When kids need to go to the toilet they need to go now.
I see families walking on the road closest to the beach, looking for an entry point.
They want and expect to get access to the water, shaded gazebos and playground.
Surely this project could be done in phases, so locals and tourists are not disrupted.
Before the completion of the project, we also have the Festival of Music, Christmas and New Year holidays.
Please someone at WRC have some common sense.
— Chris O’Reilly