Vincent toasting new look CBD

BEAUTIFICATION is in the eye of the shop owner and for Vincent Rovere it has been a case of two steps forward, one step back and two steps forward again.

The co-owner of Toast coffee shop on Maryborough's Bazaar Street is delighted with the Fraser Coast council for taking the CBD bull by the horns.

“We've always been fully behind the beautification,” Mr Rovere says. “It allows us to extend outside so we are redoing the shopfront as a result. It has created a café al fresco vibe in our part of town. It has kicked us on as a business.”

The step back came after he jumped at the chance to temporarily move his business and 150 walk-in customers each day across the street away from the ongoing roadworks.

“We wanted to get out of the way and get our customers away and keep our business level up.

“We had monitored what was going on down the street early on and we thought, wouldn't it be great to be able to move and keep people away from the dangerous pathway?”

No sooner had Toast moved house for a month-long sojourn than policy reality kicked in.

Mr Rovere's belief that a temporary licence would allow the move was off the mark as the council's two-week temporary food permit is intended for stalls at events rather than full-time businesses.

“Toast moved across the road to temporary premises for more than two weeks so that temporary permit was not applicable,” Andy Gaze, the council's executive manager of environmental health and regulation, said.

Describing the move as unusual Mr Gaze said “a reasonable arrangement for issuing a permit for the temporary change” had been reached. It has also left Mr Rovere satisfied after a couple of bureaucratic stand-offs.

The council's Maryborough CBD beautification project, which began in March, will run late into November after unmarked underground pipes were uncovered.

When finished new footpaths and landscaping works on Kent and Richmond streets will complement street bollards, furniture and lighting.

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