This new railing in the Gympie’s CBD has been called ugly by locals.
This new railing in the Gympie’s CBD has been called ugly by locals.

Monkland St upgrade eyesore

THE jury is out on whether the Monkland Street taxi rank upgrade has compromised heritage values for a cost-effective solution to safety.

Gympie Regional Works Committee chairman Larry Friske asked people to wait until they saw the final result before they judged the work.

He said the job was only partly finished with aesthetic details yet to be added.

While we wait for a verdict on completion, The Gympie Times asked readers what they thought about Council’s streetscape design at the entrance to Gympie’s historical main street.

Is the upgrade uncharacteristic of the town or should it be accepted as progress?

Is it in keeping with the look of the area or have heritage values in Gympie’s city centre been lost in the process?

Could there have been an alternative safety structure erected in place of the guard rail or was there no alternative?

Cr Friske said he couldn’t put heritage values before safety.

“The guard rail is required for areas where there are mixes of heavy traffic and pedestrians,” he said.

“Let’s be sensible about these things.

“When it’s finished, the road will end up being a fair bit higher than the footpath.

“Raising the road required extra protection for pedestrians and the guard rail provides that. It’s got to be strong to stop cars leaving the road and going on to the footpath.

“We’re trying to keep the town looking pretty.

“If there’s still a perception that it doesn’t look good enough when it’s completed then we will certainly be open to suggestion.”

Gympie Times


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