Site office set to provide contact point during CBD project

BUSINESS owners concerned about the upcoming Maryborough central business district revitalisation will soon be able to speak directly to the project workers in an office set up on Kent St.

The office is expected to open on Monday, April 13, and will be manned by the contractor, JAC Civil, 14 hours a day to give surrounding businesses instant contact.

Co-owner of Coconuts on Adelaide St Jenny Hyland said she would probably visit the office as soon as it opens.

"The council said they were available for us to complain if we wanted and because where our shop is it's going to be the most affected at the back and the front, I'll be at that office," Ms Hyland said.

"The first complaint I'll make will be when they start stopping our customers from coming through because I think the public will avoid the CBD when these works are on."

A Fraser Coast Regional Council spokesman said the footpaths and Kent St would stay open for two-way daytime traffic during the work with the usual parking available on the opposite side of the street.

City and Town Centre Development Portfolio councillor Daniel Sanderson said while detours would be in place around the works at night, pedestrians could still access CBD restaurants and cafes in the project area.

"The trenching will be undertaken at night and the trench filled in and covered with asphalt ready for shoppers to head into the CBD the next day," Cr Sanderson said.

"The footpaths will still be open every day."

Work is expected to begin on Monday.

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