Mary Street to be revitalised

MARY Street businesses are working together with the Gympie Regional Council to promote the historic hub as a unique shopping and business precinct.

Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne said shopping in Mary Street could be an “even better experience” if business owners and landlords worked together with council to revitalise the street.

The Mary Street business meeting held in August resulted in businesses working together to develop strategies focused on marketing, promoting and improving the environment in Mary Street.

A major outcome of the meeting was the concept of Mary Street representatives from upper, middle and lower Mary Street to provide a contact point for council and for fellow business operators.

“These representatives and other proactive business operators are working closely with council’s Economic Development Unit to develop strategies to help ensure that shopping in Mary Street remains a pleasant and positive experience,” Cr Dyne said.

“The beauty of this street and its historical attractions are features which help to make it stand out from other shopping centres and shopping precincts.

“Feedback from business operators, shoppers and residents will be invaluable to help provide direction and identify actions which can be taken to help make shopping in Mary Street an even better experience.”

Ideas which have been canvassed will be presented to the next Mary Street business meeting to be held at the Gympie Civic Centre on November 9, starting at 6pm.

Suggestions which have been canvassed include: Gympie Police to increase police presence in Mary Street; The Gympie Times loyalty card for shoppers; historical features of Mary Street to be promoted; Christmas advertising and shops decorated from November 1 and; shops to be encouraged to open on Sundays leading up to Christmas.

Mary Street representatives are Warrick Hosking at Newsxpress, Noela Smith-Goodwin at Elleganz, Alissa Corbet at Surf City, Sandra Stone at Cartridge World, Dave Hetherington at Goodyear Jewellers, Tracey McKean and Andrew Smith – The Gympie Times, Elly Walton at Shoenique and Heather Agius at Café’ Isabella. Phone 5481 0744 for more information.

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