Residents battle with main street dust

DONE AND DUSTED: Chris and Cherie O'Reilly have been living on top of the Airlie main street reconstruction works for the past nine months and say they have reached a point where "enough is enough" when it comes to dirt, dust and a lack of acknowledgment from Council.
DONE AND DUSTED: Chris and Cherie O'Reilly have been living on top of the Airlie main street reconstruction works for the past nine months and say they have reached a point where "enough is enough" when it comes to dirt, dust and a lack of acknowledgment from Council.

LIVING in a unit at the junction of Airlie Crescent, Begley Street and Waterson Way has turned into a nightmare for Cherie and Chris O'Reilly who have more than a ringside seat over Airlie's main street upgrade works.

Noise, vibrations and a constant battle with dirt and dust are just some of the issues affecting the O'Reillys on a daily basis for the past eight months.

Mrs O'Reilly said that back in February, when the main street upgrade started, the couple contacted Whitsunday Regional Council asking to be kept informed.

"We all paid big dollars for our apartments when we bought them so as owners we wanted a bit more information. We requested meetings but there was no response - nothing," she said.

In July, the situation escalated when a council-owned garden bed at the front of the apartment block was bulldozed to conform with a re-design of Airlie Crescent leaving the properties further exposed to passing traffic and construction dirt and dust.

Mrs O'Reilly said when water bills for the complex doubled the couple felt compelled to write to the mayor, but still received no formal response.

Mayor Jennifer Whitney finally met the O'Reillys at a meeting between Council and main street business owners last week. She said she was aware of the situation but had been led to believe the problems were being dealt with.

"They've got lots of questions - what we have to do is collate all the responses, put it in writing and look at what the most pressing issues are so we can get some solutions," Cr Whitney said.

Probuild Civil's project manager Alistair Neale also said he was aware of the issues the O'Reillys' faced.

"It [the upgrade] is a big inconvenience and we understand that. We do our best to keep the dust down and the good news on the horizon is that next week a large part of Waterson Way will be sealed and we aim to turf and grass some areas shortly afterwards to at least cut down the areas of exposed dust," Mr Neale said.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Lagoon re-opening date now months away

The Airlie Beach Lagoon was closed due to damage from Tropical Cyclone Debbie in March.

The lagoons re-opening date has been extended

Sit back and enjoy the cruisy weekend

CARS: Cruisin Whitsunday is set to kick off this weekend.

CAR lovers will have two reasons to be happy this weekend.

Tribute set for WFC's first home game

READY: Whitsunday Football Club set for first home game.

First home game of the season special for WFC.

Local Partners

Shute Harbour boat ramp to open tomorrow

IT'S good news for boaties wishing to launch from Shute Harbour, with Whitsunday Regional Council announcing they'll be able to do so from tomorrow.

Debbie's graveyard: Major auction to clear written-off cars

Auto Repair and Towing Service owner Shane Muntelwit at the salvage yard behind Mackay Airport, which has become a graveyard for about 150 vehicles destroyed or written off by Cyclone Debbie.

A salvage yard has become a makeshift graveyard

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

What public holidays are left in 2017

Ipswich residents will get the day off tomorrow for the show.

IPSWICH residents will get tomorrow off for the show

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

JUST WHEN you thought you’d all of Bella Hadid’s supermodel figure — she gets her Cannes out on the red carpet of an AIDS gala dinner in France.

No room for morbid fans

Chris Cornell.

Fans want to stay in the hotel room where Chris Cornell died

INXS show rockin' the hits in SES fundraiser

MUSIC FEST: The Australian INXS show will appear at Whitsunday SESsions.

Be there on Saturday to experience Whitsunday SESsions

Star Wars' 1977 Stormtrooper head banger confesses

A Stormtrooper is responsible for the biggest blunder in a Star Wars movie. Picture: Supplied

Man in most famous blooper in Star Wars history breaks silence

Lyn's knock-out show gets her to next round on The Voice

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS: Lyn Bowtell is through to the battle rounds on The Voice.

'It was bitter sweet to win like that'

Is this the talent you get when you limit electronics?

Cassidy Kilburn in the Get the Beat International Dance Competition.

Cassidy, 11, preparing for national dance championships

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!