Office opens for main st liaison
SEVEN months have passed since John Powell was appointed to the role of community liaison officer for the Airlie main street project, and on Monday November 28 he was finally given a desk. Mr Powell, who will act as the conduit between council and the community, can now be found at 267 Shute Harbour Road, adjacent to the old Marino's deli.
Mr Powell said it was "absolutely fabulous" that the long awaited project was now physically about to start. "It's tenders and away," he said.
"And I firmly believe the end result will be better than everyone's expectations."
Mayor Mike Brunker said the shop would be a very important office throughout the life of the project.
"Once they've set up the people from ProBuild will probably work out of that office as well, so it will play a very important role," he said.
Cr Brunker said Mr Powell's position would also prove vital.
"Every major project uses a conduit.
"It's about not getting the information second or third hand. John's not there to make decisions but he can pass all of that information between council and the community," he said.
The shop has wheelchair access and has been freshly decorated with plenty of signage and history of the project "so that everybody can get the facts".
Mr Powell said the first visitors through the doors had included local residents, an out-of-town developer and a business owner.
"All have been extremely positive, and all commenting about how well the display was done and asking detailed questions," he said.
Mr Powell is currently manning the shop alone so on the rare occasions when the doors are closed members of the community can contact him on 0412 966 727 between the normal business hours of 9am and 5pm.