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By Allan Milostic, president Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce

THERE’S plenty of activity around town with school holidays filling accommodation places around the region and creating a real buzz throughout both Airlie and Proserpine.

The Airlie Main Street

Chamber met with council CEO Warren Bunker, last week, regarding maintenance, restoration works and traffic management in Airle Beach.

Our region welcomes around 900,000 visitors, annually, and there are plans to increase cruise ship visitation to more than 100 annually.

To ensure a world-class experience, for both residents and visitors, council is currently seeking community input on upgrades to pedestrian safety, traffic flow, and parking within the Airlie Beach precinct.

The Airlie Beach Main Street has the potential to rival other renowned destinations, such as Hastings Street, in Noosa. The needs of visitors and traders need to take precedence over through-traffic.

The Main Street should be considered as an access to the recreational facilities and business offerings provided in Airlie Beach and not as a through-road.  

We are strongly advocating increased precinct ambience and better presentation of street facades, better parking and pedestrian safety through installation of pedestrian crossings, increased signage directing large vehicles and through-traffic into Waterson Way, and better way-finding signage in Airlie.

Vision for the Whitsundays

The research phase of our Vision for the Whitsundays project is open and we invite you to have your say on our economic future.

You can participate by providing a formal submission, completing a quick online survey, or participating in an engaging focus group.

The chamber team recently spent a morning with student leaders from the Prosperine State High School.

Other focus groups happening in the coming weeks focus on Sustainability and Resilience, Future Workforce, Economic Growth, and Innovation. See our website for more details.

Chamber on Tap– our recent event showed the chamber’s commitment to economic growth in the region.

An insightful evening was had by more than forty attendees with topics covering a wide range of topics, including mentoring for growth, business wellness coaching and more.

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