Caloundra businesses support disruption to solve street problem

By Samuel Poncini

Caloundra businesses are in favour of a rejuvenated main street in the continuing redevelopment of Bulcock St despite parking difficulties.

Construction workers and roadblocks line the southern side of the usually busy main street and road closures have forced many shoppers to seek alternate parking in adjacent streets.

However, local businesses say they are not disheartened and eagerly await the project’s completion – and the hope of a more vibrant shopping precinct.

RM Williams Caloundra sales manager Terri McInnerney said the outcome should do more good than bad.

“We have had some customers frustrated by having to walk further to get to us,” Ms McInnerney said.

“But I would say most [customers] are impressed with the new design.”

The car parking is part of stage four of the Bulcock Street Streetscape Project, which includes reconstruction of the southern side carparks.

Kerb works started last week and will continue until late July.

Ms McInnerney said parking might be bad now but the situation would improve.

“We used to have heaps of elderly customers trip on the old footpath but the new footpath is nice and smooth so that’s certainly done some good.”

The Caloundra Chamber of Commerce also supports the project.

The Chamber’s executive officer Olivia Sainsbury said the project was vitally important for the maintenance and revitalisation of a popular shopping precinct.

“While the streetscaping brings interruptions to retailers, stage four has seen the collaboration of over 60 retailers along Bulcock Street to create shopping incentives for patrons, through the introduction of the downtown Caloundra loyalty card program,” Ms Sainsbury said.

Over the weekend the Drift Bar reopened its doors after it closed in early April.

The bar’s owner Monique Richardson is optimistic for the Bar’s future and thinks the rejuvenation will be good for business.

“What we want is a social hub here in Caloundra,” she said.

“If more places like us pop up it will create a fantastic culture, especially for the younger demographic and this will only improve business.”

In the meantime, Council have offered free parking in Ormuz Avenue and Cooma Terrace to help the parking situation.

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