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Whitsunday Regional Council today received the Airlie Beach Access and Movement Plan whichhas been conducted at the request of the Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads.
Council also received the Airlie Beach Access and Movement survey conducted by Council’sPlanning and Community Department for the 31 businesses at Airlie Main Street, the Esplanadeand Shute Harbour Road East.
A letter from the Whitsunday Ratepayers Association was also received by Council in relation toaccess and movement in Airlie Beach.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Airlie Beach Access and Movement Plan was requested to becompleted by the Department of Transport and Main Roads to progress discussion about wherebus stops and taxi ranks will be positions on Airlie Beach Main Street.
“The plan reviews the access, movement and signage in Airlie Beach, identifies key safety andaccessibility concerns, addresses the on-going conflict about the location of bus stops and taxiranks on the main street, addresses perceived parking shortages and looks at futurerequirements,” she said.
“The survey was also conducted to gauge the 31 local businesses opinions on the location of the bus stops and taxi rank in the Airlie Beach Main Street.
“The majority of businesses on the Main Street indicated they would like the bus stops and taxiranks located on the Main Street and would also like pedestrian crossings formalised.
“Today, Council also received the correspondence from the Whitsunday Ratepayers Associationoutlining their proposal for the bus stops to be positioned at the entrance to Waterson Way, at the south western end and outside Mangrove Jacks and Dominoes at the north eastern end,” she said.
Written clarification was also sought from the Airlie Beach Chamber of Commerce as to their position on the location of bus stops and taxi ranks and to date nothing has been received.
The information received today will be discussed further at the next Council meeting when further information from the Airlie Chamber of Commerce and Whitsunday Ratepayers Association has been received by Council.
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