Fences are down and peo­ple are in

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

IT’S no se­cret, the fence erected in Septem­ber for the Air­lie Beach fore­shore project has caused a few headaches.

Whit­sun­day Coast Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Al­lan Milostic said although the fore­shore works were un­avoid­able, and that it would be ter­rific once com­pleted, busi­nesses had suf­fered on the Main Street of Air­lie.

“I re­ally don’t be­lieve it could have been done any other way, and I can’t fault them (coun­cil), but the re­al­ity is, busi­nesses have paid, and you can’t re­coup that,” Mr Milostic said.

On Tues­day, the Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil opened up the re­main­der of the fenc­ing sur­round­ing Fairy Tree Park, and Ma­jor Projects Pro­gram Di­rec­tor Tim Rose con­firmed the fence will re­main as it cur­rently stands for the re­main­der of the project.

“The Air­lie Fore­shore con­trac­tors will be off-site be­tween De­cem­ber 21 and Jan­uary 7,” Mr Rose said.

Mr Rose said the con­trac­tors moved the fenc­ing as far as pos­si­ble to open up Fairy Tree Park for the pub­lic, while still al­low­ing for works to con­tinue.

“As the project nears com­ple­tion a sec­tion at the beach­front part of that area will be fenced off to al­low some mi­nor works and a three me­tre path­way to be in­stalled, con­nect­ing the Sail­ing Club end to the La­goon area,” he said.

Coun­cil apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience.

PHOTO: GEOR­GIA SIMP­SON

BACK ON TOP: Coun­cil re­moved the fences sur­round­ing Fairy Tree Park on Tues­day, and lo­cals are thrilled.

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