Paying it forward to improve Charleville's CBD
EVERY dollar spent in Charleville makes a difference to the community, and in the hands of the local Rotary club, a donation of $500 from Commonwealth Bank will be going a long way to improve the CBD.
Currently, the Charleville Rotary is working on a project to make the town centre more accessible for travellers, by building a caravan parking bay close to local businesses, on the corner of Wills and Esplanade streets.
"We have noticed that when tourists come to Charleville, they have to park their caravans far away and then walk in; consequently a lot of them end up going to the next town, where they can park closer to the shops,” Rotary club member Jack Wright said.
"To solve that, Rotary is building a park right behind the main business area, where caravanners will be able to come in, pull up, then do their shopping and have a coffee.
"Like all bush towns, the businesses are struggling, so any way we can pull the tourists up to spend a few bucks is good for the town.”
The club's focus on helping the community in a lasting way is why the team at Commonwealth Bank chose to back the Rotary project.
"It is really great to be able to see our donation go towards something that is making a change, and that is part of the community,” Charleville branch manager Grace Wilson Sandilands said.
"If this can bring more life in to the main strip, the whole town is actually going to thrive off the back of it.”
With the local Commbank branch and the Murweh Shire Council getting behind the project, progress has surged ahead, and Mr Wright anticipates the finishing touches will be complete within a fortnight.
"The donation from the bank was greatly appreciated, and has gone a long way towards materials to build benches and picnic tables for the park, and a shade over the top,” Mr Wright said.
"Council has also had a fair bit of input; this is joint project between Rotary and the Council, and they have been extremely helpful.”