Monkland Street works defended

THE reconstructed Monkland Street taxi rank and associated road works have been described as ugly by some, but Gympie Region councillors this week proved that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

The new fence and concrete structure, designed to help keep late night crowds orderly and safe, were described as “a heck of a good improvement” at council's Works and Services Committee meeting.

That description came from Cr Graham Engeman.

He was immediately backed by Works Committee chairman Larry Friske, who said: “The job's not finished yet – let's get it finished and then get comments.”

Cr Rae Gate said she had attended the recent meeting of the Liquor Industry Accord Group meeting and members had said it looked “excellent” and were “looking forward to monitoring its benefits”.

The committee was told the project involved new kerb and channel, pram ramps, concrete footpaths, concrete walls and driveway cross-over, installing hand rails, fences and taxi shelter, seat and guard rails and an asphalt overlay.

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