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Council approves new shade structures for parks in Bowen and Airlie

By Mark Beale

At last week’s Council meeting Whitsunday Regional Council approved the construction of two shade structures, one at Hansen Park Bowen and the other on the Airlie Beach foreshore.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Bowen Lions Club and Whitsunday Lions Club requested that the Council approve the installation of the shade structures.

“The Bowen Lions Club requested permission to build a rotunda at Hansen Park and Horseshoe Bay Road in Bowen, which will provide a cool, shaded area for users of the park,” she said.

“It will also provide a permanent structure which will benefit the general public for any function which may be held at this location.

“The Whitsunday Lions Club requested permission to build a shade sail at Lions Market Park, on the Esplanade of Airlie Foreshore.

“The shade sail will provide a cool shaded area for users of the park and in particular provide an area for audiences performing in the area adjacent to the rotunda.

“The Whitsunday Lions Club provides entertainment as part of their weekly markets and currently provides a temporary gazebo which is erected and dismantled after each market.

“The new permanent structure will provide benefit to the general public at all times and will be able to be used for any function in this location.

“Council also approved the location for both shade structures and will waive all development fees for their construction.

“Council is pleased to be able to assist the Lions clubs of Bowen and Whitsunday in providing this essential community infrastructure to help make our parks more enjoyable year round,” she said.

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