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Works on Whitsunday Regional Council’s $5 million Beautiful Bowen Stage one project has recommenced after delays in recent weeks due to the wet weather.
The Beautiful Bowen project aims to enhance the townscape and entry statements to make a strong first impression on the growing drive market and boost tourism within region.
Division 6 Councillor Mike Brunker said the project would also see plenty of landscape improvements in the town centre.
“The townscape works will clearly enhance Bowen’s existing charm and further our reputation as a tourist destination,” he said.
“Increasing visitor numbers and improving their overall experience will obviously provide a boost to our local economy.
“Economic Development statistics estimate this project will create or support 55 local jobs, which is terrific news for regional families.
“Another great legacy from a project like this is that it will not only increase liveability for Bowen residents, it could also attract more families to live in this spectacular part of the world,” Cr Brunker said.
The Beautiful Bowen project works will include:
• feature steel signs north and south approaches of the Bruce Highway• extensive tree planting and turfing• new installation of art and art canvas walls• feature lighting to signage and art• upgrading roundabouts, streetscapes• upgrading footpaths• street furniture including seats, bins, bubblers• signage and wayfinding
Division 5 Councillor Dave Clark said the townscape works would be key to enhancing the visual appeal of the entrances to Bowen and the township itself.
“Our Bowen community are proud of their town and these improvements will give residents an even greater source of pride and entice more of the massive drive market to stop, stay and explore,” he said.
The Beautiful Bowen project works are expected to be complete by mid-2019.