New lease of life for Airlie Beach

Media Release

WT238/2014

21 November 2014

Joint release with:

George Christensen

Federal Member for Dawson

Jason Costigan

Queensland Member for Whitsunday

Jennifer Whitney

Mayor of Whitsunday Regional Council

Redevelopment works are now complete at Main Street Airlie Beach, reinvigorating local businesses and revitalising the gateway to the Whitsundays.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the $22.9 million restoration works were vital for continued growth in the area.

“The Whitsunday region attracts more than 700,000 international and domestic tourists each year and has one of the fastest growing populations in Queensland. This project will help diversify the local economy and lure even more people to this beautiful part of Australia,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said 32 jobs were created during construction.

“Works to beautify the town centre have involved road and footpath reconstructions, landscaping and street furniture installations. All of these improvements are very welcome, because better facilities for locals and visitors mean more dollars in the pockets of local businesses and more jobs,” Mr Christensen said.

Queensland Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan said Whitsunday Regional Council was to be congratulated for getting such a large project off the ground.

“There have been interruptions for the local community and businesses, yet their patience has paid off with the emergence of an attractive new town centre that will please locals and tourists alike,” Mr Costigan said.

Mayor of Whitsunday Regional Council Jennifer Whitney said everyone agreed the Main Street had never looked better and the revitalisation project had been a real boost for local businesses and tourism operators in Airlie Beach.

“Since the practical completion of the Main Street on 14th September last year, businesses along the main street have reported a boost in trading, with many new businesses opening,” Cr Whitney said.

The project was jointly funded with the Australian Government investing $5 million, the Queensland Government $8 million, and nearly $9 million from the Whitsunday Regional Council. Funding of nearly $1 million was also provided under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, an Australian and state government initiative.