Grass, stall sites and paid carpark spaces
THE Whitsunday community has been invited to have their say on the proposed revitalisation of the Airlie Beach
Opening to public consultation today, Stage One of the project will see wider paths, increased vegetation, powered market stall sites, new picnic tables and bins, a new toilet block and much more.
Developed by a steering committee including RPS, Council's chief financial officer Matthew McGoldrick, Whitsunday Lions' Allan Gravelle, Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce president Kevin Collins and Whitsunday Sailing Club's Troy Jones, the council believes the project caters for everyone.
"The beauty of this is it's not just for the markets," Cr Jan Clifford said.
"Can you imagine if we had this for the Great Australian Bites festival?
"We could have food and wine events, concerts.
"There's no reason why we can't do those kind of things."
With the area a popular destination for cruise ship passengers, Mr McGoldrick said they would cater for busses as well.
"Ocean Rd has been reconfigured to allow a bus to turn around," he said.
Cr Clifford said the move would also be an improvement for the Lions Airlie Beach Markets, with stalls sites to have power and water.
"It will be a lot tidier, nicer and more durable," she said.
"Everybody's plugged into two or three power boxes, there's leads going everywhere; the things blow up with monotonous regularity because they overload.
"It's the 21st century, let's do it once and do it right."
Cr Clifford said stall holders not needing power could spread out a bit further" if needed.
An information display has been set up in Cannonvale Library, and a feedback stall will be open to the public at the Lions Airlie Beach Markets for the next two weeks.
Feedback can also be submitted via email at airliebeachforeshore @rpsgroup .com.au. View the plans by visiting http://www.whitsunday.qld.gov.au/511/Airlie-Beach-Foreshore-Revitalisation-Pr.