Proserpine master plan to be implemented
THE long-awaited plan to deliver on large-scale infrastructure projects for Proserpine can now be implemented after a decision by the Whitsunday Regional Council this week.
Council described works slated for Lake Proserpine, footpath and lighting upgrades, the Proserpine waterpark and a new information centre and RV stop as "community inspired” projects which "will shape the town's future direction”.
Deputy mayor and Division three councillor, John Collins, said the Proserpine Sustainability and Future Growth Master Plan was great for Proserpine.
"It's a confidence boost for the whole town knowing that we have put this forward and it is exactly what the people wanted,” he said.
"It's not going to sit there laying dormant, it's going to happen.”
Two periods of community consultation on the plan garnered only two written comments which were supportive of the plan, according to council.
However, when Cr Collins was speaking to the motion of adoption he did say there had been some "knockers” of the plan.
At Lake Proserpine, council will be spending $1.4million on signage, barbecue and toilet facilities, camping facilities, a jetty and floating pontoons. At the Proserpine Pool, $500,000 will be spent on a new grandstand, lighting upgrades, re-tiling and shaded areas.
Main St can expect a $3.5million facelift which will include new road pavement, additional landscaping and trees, street furniture, lighting and a "CDB development”.
Planning form 2018 on a Regional Cultural Precinct will mean $2.1million will be spent on a redeveloped Proserpine Entertainment Centre, an art gallery cafe and shops.
Council noted funding for some projects had not been secured and would be subject to "future budget considerations”.
In the plan, the much talked about RV park is planned for Wilmar mill-owned land on Taylor St and a tourist information centre on the corner of the Bruce Hwy and Taylor St.
"Council's next step is to champion the idea and write a formal letter to Wilmar expressing the community's desire for the projects,” Cr Collins said.
"(But) it's not something that is going to happen over night, there is a long way to go.”
Wilmar Sugar did offer a parcel of land to be used as an RV park in August last year before the closure of the Tourism Whitsunday-operated tourist information centre on the Bruce Hwy.