Judy wants better CBD

NO seating, no shade, ugly and dirty.

Judy O'Grady can list many problems with Yeppoon's central business district.

And she should know.

The owner of Aussie Hot Bread has had a bakery in Normanby Street for more than 35 years.

She said she had seen a lot of changes, “but not enough for the growth of the town”.

She and other business owners tonight will discuss their thoughts on improving the CBD with Mayor Brad Carter and Cr Bill Ludwig at an information session at Yeppoon Town Hall at 6 pm.

Cr Ludwig said several issues had been raised by business owners and the community in relation to the council's plans for the CBD.

And the development of a cultural precinct and the redevelopment of the Town Hall were high on the list of priorities.

He said an action plan had been put in place to rectify the issues, and a specialist team had been formed to clean and improve the appearance of the CBD, and this would be discussed at the session.

“We will also give a rundown on the ongoing maintenance programs that are going to be put in place in Yeppoon to ensure council and the community are putting their best foot forward and having the CBD in the most presentable state as possible,” he said.

Judy O'Grady said she would like to see the CBD “beautified” and cleaned, with more shops, seating and shade.

“It needs to be cleaner and prettier,” she said.

“The street is not very appealing and most shop owners agree.

“They want to see it cleaned up with more things to attract more tourists and everyday families.”

She said she would be willing to pay higher rates, so long as she could see value for money.

“I know rate changes are coming, but I expect to get something for my dollar,” she said.



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