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Main street becomes an issue

Discussing the future of the Airlie Beach main street on Sunday were Rogin Taylor, Rob Addis, Lyn Gregson, Federal Minister for Tourism Martin Ferguson, Chris Jacobs, Labor Candidate for Dawson Mike Brunker and Peter O’Reilly.
Discussing the future of the Airlie Beach main street on Sunday were Rogin Taylor, Rob Addis, Lyn Gregson, Federal Minister for Tourism Martin Ferguson, Chris Jacobs, Labor Candidate for Dawson Mike Brunker and Peter O’Reilly.

WITH the federal election to be held this Saturday, both Mike Brunker (Labor) and George Christensen (LNP) have been showing their support for the much-needed upgrade of main street Airlie Beach.

Mike Brunker and the Gillard Government have pledged to invest $5 million into upgrading the main street.

Mr George Christensen has not made a formal commitment but says he will push for a commitment of $15 million if the LNP is elected.

Mr Brunker made his announcement on Sunday with Federal Minister for Tourism Martin Ferguson.

“This announcement will get the project moving forward and give a great boost to local businesses and families in Airlie Beach,” he said.

“The revitalisation is also great news for our local tourism industry, which has suffered because of the Global Financial Crisis.”

The upgrade plans are set to make improvements to road alignment, the safe undergrounding of services, improved lighting and landscaping – all designed to make the street safer and more inviting for pedestrians and drivers.

“This project will transform the main street at Airlie Beach and kick start a larger project to rejuvenate the entire area, including a cycle network, more parking, restoration of Airlie Creek and further foreshore enhancing works,” Mr Ferguson said.

On the other hand, Mr Christensen announced last Friday that his Government would push for a significant amount of funding for the upgrade, despite making no formal commitment.

“The commitment I have today (Thursday) is that we will look very favourably towards the upgrade,” he said.

“It's going to be a top priority for me to secure $15 million for the main street.

“I'm going to propose an offer, too good to refuse,” he said.

Owner of Adelyn Retail (local business), Lyn Gregson said the proposed project would be very well received in the Whitsundays.

“Everyone wants to see the main street come back to life,” she said.


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