EDITORIAL: M’borough’s new air of optimism

ALL eyes have been on the Maryborough CBD for the past few months while road works and the revitalisation project took place.

Now that the dust has finally settled, it's interesting to wander around and see what has changed.

It's true that not all businesses could survive the disruption.

It's also a shame that some larger trees had to go because their roots were causing damage.

But it's not all doom and gloom. Several new businesses have appeared recently: a jeweller, a cafe, and a cute little home wares shop have all opened their doors in the past six months around the CBD.

There are new businesses popping up further afield as well - the marina is now home to a cafe, which has brought it back to life after the restaurant space being empty since the 2011 floods, and I hear there's also a new eatery opening in Granville today.

There's a sense of optimism in Maryborough that has been missing for a long time, and boy, is it good to hear people talking positively again.

If you tend to drive through the heritage city rather than stopping to look - yes, I'm talking to you, Hervey Bay - it's worth taking the time to check it out. You might be surprised by what you find.

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