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Mayor Says Council Is Listening To Market Concerns

By Mark Beale

Whitsunday mayor Andrew Willcox says council is listening to community feedback about proposals to revitalise the Airlie Beach foreshore.

This morning he officially confirmed an extension to the community consultation period of a further month.

Cr Willcox said councillors had fielded many calls indicating the community needed more time for consultation, with the period now extended to July 27.

“Council is committed to improving the Airlie Beach foreshore, which is suffering from serious environmental degradation and restoring it to become a multi-purpose space for both residents and tourists to enjoy,” he said.

Cr Willcox said he wanted to thank everyone who had made a submission or made an effort to learn more about the current proposal to date.

“We want as many people as possible to take a look at our draft plan, which includes such things as feature gardens and pathways, serviced areas for the market stalls, an outdoor stage and additional public toilet facilities, and provide us with their opinions and feedback,” he said.

“This proposal is not set in stone and we fully intend to incorporate the feedback we receive during this consultation process into our draft plan and take it back to our community again.”

Members of the community can participate in the public consultation process by:

-Collecting a map from the Cannonvale Library, Airlie Beach market stall or Council’s website, detailing their suggestions and returning it;
-Completing the online survey
-Writing a letter and returning it by mail or email. Letters should be posted to PO Box 943, Airlie Beach QLD 4802 or emailed to airliebeachforeshore@rpsgroup.com.au.
Further information on how members of the community can participate in the public consultation period is available on Council’s website at http://www.whitsunday.qld.gov.au/511/Airlie-Beach-Foreshore-Revitalisation-Pr.

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