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Whitsunday Regional Council has resolved to undertake community consultation on a proposal to beautify the park area on the Airlie Beach Foreshore at the junction of Ocean Road and Coconut Grove.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said that draft concept plans have been developed and Council would now seek feedback from key stakeholders and the broader community on the proposed foreshore upgrade.
“The proposal incorporates the transformation of the foreshore area into a purpose built market place to support local and visitor trading, draw greater patronage of domestic and international visitors and provide an attractive open space for the community to enjoy,” Cr Willcox said.
“A number of new elements are proposed including sheltered picnic spaces, additional trees and palms, a stage area, bus terminal inclusive of storage space, public toilets, wider pathways and designated spaces for the market stalls,” he said.
“Currently the area is being used as an informal car park and bus terminal but with the rapid progression occurring in Airlie Beach, it is essential that we look at ways to improve the local ambience of this area which is a prime location in the region.
“We want the local community have a look at the plans and let us know of any benefits, impacts or further opportunities that can be achieved through the foreshore upgrade.”
Consultation is expected to commence in late June 2016. Information on how community members can get involved will be made available prior to the consultation period commencing.