CBD Renewal Group chair Daniel Sanderson and Fraser Coast councillor Gerard O'Connell prpare to spring clean the CBD.
CBD Renewal Group chair Daniel Sanderson and Fraser Coast councillor Gerard O'Connell prpare to spring clean the CBD. Jocelyn Watts

Spring clean for Maryborough CBD

SPIT SPOT! It's time to spring clean Maryborough's CBD.

Clippers, gurneys and chamois will be taken to trees, footpaths and windows in a massive spring cleaning day being organised by the Maryborough CBD Renewal Group and the Fraser Coast Regional Council to spruce up the birthplace of Mary Poppins author Pamela Travers.

Renewal group chair Daniel Sanderson said the council would replant garden beds and clean footpaths over three weekends in October, offering a base on which business owners and the community could build.

“This is a great opportunity to organise a Spring Clean Maryborough CBD day on Sunday, November 14, with business operators, the council and community,” Mr Sanderson said.

“The council has offered assistance with the provision of minor equipment such as pressure cleaners and skip bins. Depending on the interest from business owners, the CBD may need to be closed.”

Tasks will include pruning trees, gurneying footpaths and gutters, cleaning shop windows and glass and small renovations.

Mr Sanderson said a sausage sizzle would be organised for all involved.

Fraser Coast councillor Gerard O'Connell said the spring clean day was good timing as it led into the marketing and key retail period before Christmas.

To be involved RSVP to lisa.desmond@frasercoast.qld.gov.au or call 4197 4457.

Business incentives

CONCESSIONS and incentive programs for businesses in Maryborough's CBD are options being considered by the council.

Renewal group chair Daniel Sanderson said that following a joint meeting last week the council had formed the CBD Taskforce Project Team – including planning, engineering and economic development staff – to help co-ordinate plans for the revamping of Maryborough CBD.

Mr Sanderson said the council would consider options for concessions for new and existing businesses and incentive programs to encourage the updating and repair of facades and awnings, based on the style guide prepared by the former Maryborough City Council.

“The council is also currently working on a proposal for a pedestrian-friendly CBD area, including improved linkages between Kent, Bazaar and Adelaide streets.

“This will include a review of car parking. The scope of this project will depend on funding availability and further consideration by the council.”

Two meetings will be held in mid-October (dates and venue to be advised) to report on progress and organise the Spring Clean.



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