DISRUPTION: Whitsunday Bakery manager Lorella Cassels wants more consultation from the council.
DISRUPTION: Whitsunday Bakery manager Lorella Cassels wants more consultation from the council. Jacob Wilson

Main Street chaos hits profits

MULTIPLE Proserpine business owners have come forward to criticise the Proserpine Main Street drainage works.

Whitsunday Bakery owner Lorella Cassels said the work had caused significant inconvenience for customers trying to access her shop.

"Last Monday was a disaster - a big hole was dug in front of my shop and no one could cross the street,” she said.

"I have had no consultation or communication. You don't know what they are doing or how long they will be there.

"I don't have an issue with the work being done, it's just the disruptive stuff could have been done on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.”

Mrs Cassels said she had to give her staff less hours as a result of the street disruption.

She also said she sent an email to Mayor Andrew Willcox detailing her concerns.

Cafe 22 manager Aleisha Dobbins said the works were having a big financial impact.

"It has slowed everything down a lot - coming into the shop is bad for customers and staff,” she said.

" Our takings would be down by about $3000.”

Deputy Mayor John Collins said as a local Main Street business owner himself, he had great empathy for the retailers' concerns.

"Restricted parking and access, coupled with noise and vibration disruptions, don't make it a pleasant retail environment in Proserpine,” he said.

"However, we must realise the long-term benefits associated with the major drainage upgrade.

"Council's work crew are communicating with impacted shop owners as the project progresses through each stage and I encourage anyone with concerns to contact me or council's engineering department.”

The roadworks are expected to be completed in the second week of November, in time for Christmas trading.


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