Maryborough CBD in need of boost

IF THE roll-up at the latest CBD renewal meeting is any indication, Maryborough’s heart will soon be pumping stronger than ever before.

More than 40 people, all bursting with passion and keen for change, walked through the door on Friday.

“They just kept coming in,” a surprised chair Daniel Sanderson said.

Bankers, accountants, business coaches, hairdressers, real estate agents, bakers, lingerie fitters, restaurateurs and employment professionals were all keen to see something happen that would give the CBD the boost it sorely needed.

“There was a lot of enthusiasm,” Suncorp manager Jim Kulk said. “They all wanted to see something done, to see something tangible happening.

“Everyone had something to say and was happy to work together. This is far too important for any one person to have an agenda.”

Mr Sanderson said a sub-group had been created to focus on a marketing plan that involved professionals from business, council and government groups.

“This plan will cover many issues including parking, accessibility, presentation and most importantly the attitudes and services of CBD business people.

“The focus will be to identify and survey Maryborough’s needs – what is or isn’t working, the underlying problems and the solutions that will help the CBD become the prosperous heart it once was.

“When we get into the underlying problems that have caused the city to become the way it is and when are solutions applied, Maryborough has the potential to become the Heritage Heartbeat of Queensland.”

Mr Sanderson said proposals being considered included one-way streets, Saturday markets in Wharf Street and the continued beautification of CBD streets.

“The group will facilitate and recommend collectively to council and the community, proposals that will help move Maryborough forward.

“If we can have positive and passionate members of the business community who are willing to contribute to this plan in a positive and meaningful way, then we’ll see Maryborough turn around.”

Doom and gloom has plagued the CBD this year as a number of businnesses either closed or relocated.


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