BUSINESS operators have expressed frustrations with the lack of communication over the current roadworks.
BUSINESS operators have expressed frustrations with the lack of communication over the current roadworks.

Roadworks cause confusion

BUSINESS operators at the western end of the Airlie Beach main street, incorporating Airlie Crescent, Begley, Orana and Lamond streets, have expressed frustration with the lack of communication over the current roadworks.

Proprietor of the Airlie Beach Organic B&B Janet Keppke said while she and her neighbours were supportive of the main street upgrade they also feel "a bit deserted".

"I think we realise there's got to be some disruption but it would be nice to have some help and direction as to how long [it will go on for] and how people get to us. There's no signage," she said.

"We'd like to feel they're supporting us and they'll have it done as quickly as they can - it's communication really. If people know they don't get cross."

Manager of the Airlie Beach Motor Lodge Karen Cridland agrees.

"Every detour I've ever come across says 'detour via...' it gives you the name of the street you need to take," she said.

"Here it changes every day. I can't tell my guests exactly how to get to me."

Resident manager of Sea Star Apartments Julie Lilley questioned why the work on Orana Street was still going on, saying she understood this was a council project rather than something contracted to ProBuild Civil (the contractors working on the main street upgrade).

"I'm not a brain surgeon but the work started off at the bottom of Orana Street, then they did the top - so what's the problem? Why isn't it finished?" she asked. "Just finish something before you start the next."

ProBuild Civil project manager Alistair Neale confirmed council was doing the bulk of the Orana Street works, with ProBuild taking over at the lower end about 20 metres from the intersection. "Orana Street is very close to being finished - it won't be far away," he said.

"We're working in with the council at the moment [and] our work there is done in the next couple of weeks."

Council's mayor Jennifer Whitney was not available for comment yesterday.


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