Multi-storey carpark open for Christmas with VIP support
CHRISTMAS came early for Yeppoon residents yesterday as a multi-storey car park was officially opened.
And fittingly, Santa was the first person to drive in.
The carpark, part of the $53 million Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation project, is expected to boost Coast traders over the Christmas period.
In a bonus, Livingstone Shire Council has decided to make parking free for the first 12 months.
Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry joined the community for the opening of the car park along with Senator Matt Canavan and Assistant Minister for Local Government Glenn Butcher.
"The precinct is expected to attract an increase in visitors to the region, injecting up to $6 million a year into the local economy, and $60 million to the wider region,” Ms Landry said.
"This much-needed facility, which also incorporates state-of-the-art car wash facilities, will be a great boost for traders and is designed to provide for future retail arcade links and direct connectivity to both the foreshore and town centre,” she said.
Keppel MP Brittany Lauga said the car park was one major construction projects launched from the State Government's $29million towards the Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation project.
"The car park will help to drive economic activity in the town centre. More parking close to businesses means more growth,” Ms Lauga said.
Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig said the opening of the car park was the best possible early Christmas present for the community.
"I'd like to acknowledge and thank both the State and Federal Governments for their ongoing support in assisting (the) council to realise the community's vision to transform the Capricorn Coast into a premier coastal destination,” Cr Ludwig said.