After many years of lobbying local agencies, business owners in the Main Street will be rewarded with underground power and new street lights.
Over the coming weeks, Rainbow Beach locals and visitors will see the beginnings of much anticipated works along Rainbow Beach Road (Clarkson Drive to Kirchner Avenue) and Wide Bay Esplanade.
Council will commence initial works this month with the bulk of the trenching, laying of cables, and installing of street lights expected to occur between the September and December 2019 school holidays.
The initial works will include potholing of footpaths and roads to locate existing underground services, as well as the relocation of a Telstra pit near the intersection of Rainbow Beach Road and Kirchner Avenue.
Andrew Hawkins’s business, Rainbow Beach Realty, is located in the main street. He said, “There is the safety aspect, but most people will be noticing the visual appeal. Both elements will be a good improvement.
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To complement the new street lighting, Council is planning future streetscaping as part of the “Our Towns” Program that will replace street furniture, including seats and bins, and introduce cycle racks, as well as improve landscaping and sections of footpaths.
“Let’s hope for a speedy execution of the upgrade,” Andrew continued. “We look forward to enjoying the completed work.”
Council will work closely with Energex and will engage with each of the businesses who will be directly impacted by the works to ensure that the construction schedule keeps disruptions to a minimum.