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Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved on a preferred option for the Airlie Beach Access andMovement Plan.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said following much debate and consultation with numerous stakeholdersCouncil has decided on a preferred option for the location of bus stops and taxi ranks in AirlieBeach Main Street, which includes:
• Locating local bus stops on Main Street and Coconut Grove (Refer to Preferred Option Planattached) providing appropriate shelters where necessary;• Relocating the Taxi Rank to its central position on Main Street;• Restricting the accessibility of Main Street to certain heavy vehicles; and• Formalising pedestrian right of way within the Airlie Beach precinct.
“A detailed road layout plan will now be prepared for the precinct documenting the location, design and configuration of: bus stops; taxi rank; on-street and off street parking; service vehicle locations; pedestrian crossings; and pavement and line markings and traffic signage for each of the above items,” Mayor Whitney said.
“Following extensive consultation, I believe this third option is a good outcome for the localcommunity, businesses on the Main Street and transport providers.
“Council believes this third option results in the least disruption for Main Street traders and thecommunity, moves the taxis back into the centre of Main Street, where the current bus stop islocated and locates bus stops so pedestrians are never more than 400m from a bus stop.
“Since the Access and Movement Plan was released in May 2014, Council has undertakenextensive consultation with various stakeholders and State Government departments regardingaccess and movement within the Airlie Beach precinct.
“The Access and Movement Plan, received by Council on 12 November 2014, presented twooptions to address current mobility issues within Airlie Beach.
“Both options have been explored in detail by Council and in consultation with representatives from Department Transport and Main Roads; Department State Development Infrastructure andPlanning; Whitsunday Rate Payers Association; Airlie Beach Chamber of Commerce; Whitsunday Transit; Whitsunday Taxis; and Main Street traders.
“As a result of this consultation the third preferred option has been prepared and approved byCouncil today,” she said.
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