Broadbeach’s much needed makeover 

24 Mar

By Amelia Chapman, Bond University Journalism student 

Completion of Broadbeach’s $1 million Surf Parade makeover is due for May – much to everybody’s relief.

The suburb’s major thoroughfare has been undergoing construction transforming it into a pedestrian-only family friendly and entertainment zone since last December.

Street parking has been taken out and gardens and trees flattened to allow more footpath space and to accommodate the increase of tourism within the area.

Broadbeach resident Peter Scott said he was excited for what’s to come.

“I can’t wait till it’s all finished, hopefully there’s heaps of new restaurants and bars,” he said.

However, not everyone has been happy about the ongoing construction.

Storeowner of Movenpick Broadbeach on Surf Parade, Akeel Premji said the construction had definitely affected his business.

“Ever since the construction the figures have dropped and there are fewer customers,” he said.

Mr Premji said the council had been unsympathetic and inconsiderate.

He said even though storeowners had been told about the construction and when it was going to take place, they had been told the road would still be open for traffic.

“The road closure for second stage came as a surprise, I believe they could very easily put more people on the job and get it done quicker,” Mr Premji said.

Melanie Karibasic was not pleased with all the noise the construction brought with it.

“Apparently they gave out earplugs to staff around the area because the noise was so loud but I missed out,” she said.

Ms Karibasic described the noise from the construction as unbearable at times.

Local resident Sally Urvine said the finished project should attract more tourism.

“With the Commonwealth Games so close it’s so good to see the council working hard to improve our area,” she said.

“I am very excited for it all to be done and check it all out.”

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