WORK has started to build an interpretive centre in the Maryborough CBD, on a block that has stood empty for years after a row of shops was destroyed by fire.
Fraser Coast Regional and City and Town Centre Development Portfolio Councillor Daniel Sanderson said the place would be a spot for people to stop, get information on the CBD, Maryborough and the region.
"The structure will run the full length of the space left when the shops were demolished to create a space for people, visitors and residents to stop and take a rest, to get information on the CBD and the region," Mr Sanderson said.
"Hopefully it will spark visitors' interest and get them to explore a little more than they might have otherwise.
"At one end of the structure a projector will display images of the region to showcase our attractions.
"We can tailor the images to suit events or display the historical and contemporary history of Maryborough."
Cr Sanderson said he had used $30,000 of his discretionary funds for the installation of the display screens and other electronic components.
"We have to offer something different to stand out, something that makes people talk about their stop in Kent St," he said.
"The more opportunities we offer visitors to stop, to get information, to get out and stretch their legs; the more chance we have of getting them to explore, to visit the shops and cafes and take in the sights."
The interpretive centre will replace temporary signage near the corner of Bazaar St. When the project was proposed, Cr Sanderson said the project was likely to cost about $150,000.
The deck will be the first project to launch under the council's Imagine This City strategy, designed to revamp the Maryborough central business district in the next five years.