As Stage Two of the Gin Gin Streetscape powers ahead, the benefits of the $4 million project are becoming increasingly evident to local residents and business operators.
Gin Gin Tyrepower owners Kelvin and Marilyn Jensen have inspected the work with Mayor Jack Dempsey and Divisional representative Cr Wayne Honor.
“The fact that the project design was able to incorporate the retention of the large trees in the median strip area is a real bonus, given that they are essential to attracting people to stop and enjoy the shade,” said Marilyn.
“The trees have been synonymous with Gin Gin’s main street area and the fact that they will remain, and we will also have the benefit of beautiful gardens, will add so much to enhance the attractiveness of this area.
“Kelvin and I have discussed the improved safety that the new work is bringing to the main street area. Previously you had instances of people parking by the side of the highway and exiting their vehicles without checking for traffic.
“I witnessed one woman have her car door ripped off by a passing truck. She was extremely lucky to avoid serious injury.
“The new parking arrangements remove that sort of risk.”
Mayor Jack Dempsey said Stage Two of the Gin Gin Streetscape project was delivering a seamless blend with Stage One.
“The connection between the two stages simply flows and the benefits achieved through Stage One will also extend to the area currently under development.
“The inclusion of a new play area will ensure that families take the opportunity to stop and relax and give their children a little play time prior to continuing their travels.”
Mayor Dempsey said the Streetscape project was being delivered in conjunction with the new Community Hub work which is extending Council facilities in Dear Street.
Divisional representative Cr Wayne Honor said he was delighted with the way the Gin Gin Streetscape design was emerging and he was especially pleased that it had gained staunch community and business support.
“Everyone from the Chamber of Commerce president Greg Collier through to the general public is enjoying this continued makeover of the main street median area.
“This is an investment in the future of Gin Gin and is pivotal in encouraging travellers to stop and provide a very welcome economic boost to the town.”