Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Airlie Pushes on Ahead

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Airlie Pushes on Ahead

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Janessa Ekert

janessa.ekert@dailymercury.com.au

AIRLIE Beach's main street vendors have had a tough slog, but now is the time to look to the future.

Owner of four shops on the main street, Lyn Gregson, said at any one time each and every one of her businesses was affected over the past 10 months while the upgrade was underway. It included substantial losses in trade and a reduction in staff.

"Having said that, for me there were no surprises," Ms Gregson said.

"I knew how it was going to roll out and how damaging it was going to be to my businesses."

And still, Ms Gregson was an advocate for the main street upgrade that, as of yesterday, was 99% complete with the road reopening for two-way traffic.

The result was "something we can be proud of," Ms Gregson said. "There's certainly a feeling of optimism."

However, it won't be smooth sailing to return Airlie Beach to its former glory.

"Those strong independents that have made it this far still have a bit of an ongoing battle," Ms Gregson said. …

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