Airlie Beach to get revamp

WHITSUNDAY Regional Council has committed to a revamp of Airlie Beach’s main street and new water treatment plants for Bowen and Proserpine ahead of its 2011-12 budget.

The budget will be handed down on June 22, a date selected during a council pre-budget meeting last week.

Whitsunday Mayor Mike Brunker said the 2011/2012 budget was a responsible and considered response to the many challenges faced by council.

“It has been designed to be a responsible and progressive budget, yet being mindful of the growing financial demands that are being placed on our community,” Cr Brunker said.

“It’s a budget that will build a strong base for future growth which is why a strong focus will be on delivering much needed major infrastructure projects to the region.”

Cr Brunker said council had committed to delivering several important projects.

“The Airlie Beach Main Street revitalisation project, new water treatment plants, major upgrades to waste water treatment plants, a new transit and car park at the Whitsunday Coast Airport, the construction of a botanic gardens, stage two of the redevelopment of the Bowen Foreshore – these are all projects Council is committed to delivering,” he said.

“These projects are essential to seize economic and lifestyle opportunities for the region.”

Cr Brunker said council was continuing to look to form partnerships with government and the business community to ensure the burden of critical infrastructure was not solely placed on the ratepayer.


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