Free car parking a boost for local business
Yeppoon Town Centre Car Park provides free parking in 12-month trial
Shopkeepers, residents and visitors set to benefit from visitor incentive
Carpark upgraded as a part of the $53 million Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation project
Yeppoon businesses are set to reap the benefits from the Livingstone Shire Council decision to make the Yeppoon Town Centre Car Park free.
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said free car-parking would help stimulate the local economy by encouraging more people to visit the redeveloped Yeppoon Foreshore.
“I aim to build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and things like abundant free parking help to build those communities,” Minister Nash said.
“Having a great place to meet and shop with easy access parking is a great thing for local businesses and residents,” Minister Nash said.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry joined the community for the opening of the car park which forms part of the $53 million Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation.
“The precinct is expected to attract an increase in visitors to the region, injecting up to $6 million a year into the local economy, and $60 million to the wider region,” Ms Landry said.
“This much needed facility, which also incorporates state-of-the-art car wash facilities, will be a great boost for traders and is designed to provide for future retail arcade links and direct connectivity to both the foreshore and town centre.”
Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said the car park is one of the major construction projects launched from the Palaszczuk Government’s $29 million in funds towards the Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation project, and its completion is a significant milestone.
“The car park will help to drive economic activity in the town centre. More parking close to businesses means more growth,” Ms Lauga said.
“Residents, retailers and visitors to the region will all benefit from this project and it’s fantastic having it ready to go coming into Christmas.”
Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig said the opening of the car park was the best possible early Christmas present for the community and especially for our business owners.
“The Yeppoon Town Centre Car Park is a key element of the supporting infrastructure for the Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation and opens just in time for the busy Christmas shopping season and peak holiday period,” Mayor Ludwig said.
“I’d like to acknowledge and thank both the State and Federal Governments for their ongoing support in assisting Council to realise the community’s vision to transform the Capricorn Coast into a premier coastal destination.”
The Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation (Stages 3, 4 & 5) is a $53 million project jointly funded with the Coalition Government contributing $10 million, the Queensland Government contributing $29 million, and Livingstone Shire Council contributing $14 million.