Guy Meredith cleans the footpath on the corner of Kent and Bazaar streets during Sunday’s town tidy up.
Guy Meredith cleans the footpath on the corner of Kent and Bazaar streets during Sunday’s town tidy up. NAT BROMHEAD Ma

Some dirty over 'free' CBD clean

WHILE Maryborough's first CBD spring clean day on Sunday has attracted wide-spread praise, rumblings of discontent have emerged in the aftermath.

Syd Collins from Wide Bay Gallery agreed with talk on the streets that the community effort to spruce up the CBD was fantastic but wouldn't have been necessary if all business owners kept their premises clean and tidy throughout the year.

“It's a valid point,” Mr Collins said. “It would be lovely if everyone swept their footpaths or cleaned their shopfronts every day but the reality is that's not going to happen.”

Mr Collins said many traders needed to step outside their shops and look in to see it from a customer's viewpoint.

“They'll see it's quite different from their own perspective.”

Mr Collins praised the event's organising groups – Maryborough Chamber of Commerce, Maryborough CBD Renewal Group and Fraser Coast Regional Council – saying the day was well-handled.

Meanwhile, a woman, who did not wish to be named, said volunteers shouldn't be relied upon to give business owners who neglected their shopfronts a free cleaning service.

“If the spring clean day becomes an annual event (as predicted) there's a danger that some retailers will leave the work until next year when they will get another free service from volunteers.”

Maryborough CBD Renewal Group chair Daniel Sanderson agreed that in an ideal world all retailers would keep their shopfronts tidy all year round but the reality was different.

He said the spring clean day was about community spirit and taking pride in the CBD for the betterment of the whole city.

“Business owners cannot be forced to clean their shopfronts and/or participate in a spring clean day,” he said.

“But I do hope that retailers who didn't participate but were assisted in having their shopfronts cleaned will now continue to keep their shops free of cobwebs, mould and dust throughout the year … and join in the fun next year”.

“I don't believe owners will leave things until next year when they see the response and realise the benefits of a clean CBD.”



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