Push for main street
LABOR candidate for the electorate of Dawson, Mike Brunker, is pushing for funding for the much-needed upgrade of the Airlie Beach Main Street.
Mr Brunker met with Queensland Senator Mark Furner, Queensland Senate candidate David Smith and Tourism Whitsundays CEO Peter O'Reilly on Tuesday to discuss the amount of funding that a re-elected Labor government would be able to put towards the project.
“We are pushing for a commitment up front,” Mr Brunker said.
“It's going to take all levels of government to come to the party and hopefully by the election we can make a commitment.”
Although Mr Brunker and his party have not made any promises to the project, he understands the significant role the main street has in influencing tourism numbers in the region.
“Following the upgrade to the airport, the next major link of infrastructure is the main street,” Mr Brunker said.
“Airlie Beach being a tourism industry town, we have to do something to improve the aesthetics of it.
“Without it we're going to have a main street that's a ghost town.”
When asked about the amount of funding that he is pushing for, Mr Brunker said that it would be an ongoing project that would need to have the support of local businesses.
“We are not looking at the full-blown proportion of $50 million,” he said.
“Just a figure to get things better for the time being. The development industry will be asked to contribute as well ... it will be a big boost for the community.”
Along with this, Mr Brunker is pushing for funding for the new Motor Sports Club Track for the Whitsundays and the relocation of the Proserpine Community Centre.