Let’s face it the CBD remains in the wrong place. Cairns CBD is on their Esplanade with cool sea breezes, whereas Townsville CBD is placed well away from any sea breeze. The Gillard Government put $56 million into revamping the then mall at the advice of ‘the experts.’ Included at that time were conservative Mayor Tyrell (the $400 million debt man) and the Townsville (Star) Chamber of Commerce representing the best business ideas that they could produce.
Is it not time that Flinders Street was turned into a heritage site tourism attraction and a new CBD built on the south side of Ross Creek on or about the beachfront? All of the other ideas have been thought of in the past and have proven to be complete failures? Parking remains the No1 turnoff to going into town, Mayor Tyrell was again responsible for paid parking, we in Thuringowa knew he couldn’t run Thuringowa and knew very well the catastrophes he would bring to the greater Townsville, including prolonged years of TCC debt.