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New bridge is bringing business

The Lighthouse Hotel’s Paula Howell serves Burnett Heads resident Jeff Allen.
The Lighthouse Hotel’s Paula Howell serves Burnett Heads resident Jeff Allen. Mike Knott

TWO months after opening, the Wallace Creek Bridge is receiving rave reviews from Burnett Heads shop owners who say business is positively booming.

The bridge, which opened on May 31, provides a quick connection between Burnett Heads and The Port and business owners say they have seen plenty of new faces in their establishments as a result.

Lighthouse Hotel duty manager Paula Howell said the bridge had increased customer numbers in the pub.

“We have been getting a lot of different customers in,” Ms Howell said.

“We have had a lot of the boaties coming in which is nice to see. They like to come over and have a meal.”

Ms Howell said the pub's courtesy bus had been having a nice rest thanks to the bridge.

“Not as many people need the bus anymore,” she said.

“We've found a lot of them walk or ride here instead which is good for us. We still drop a few home but it has halved the time. Where we used to have someone out for 20 minutes, now it is only 10.”

Ms Howell, who is also a Burnett Heads resident, said she herself travelled to the port more often thanks to the bridge.

“It's really nice to go over for a drive,” she said.

“It's definitely a lot better for everyone.”

Burnett Heads Takeaway owner Leslee Omara said she noticed an increase in business from the first day the bridge was opened.

“It has definitely picked up, especially on weekends,” she said.

“The bridge has definitely raised tourism.”

Mrs Omara said she and her husband had owned the store for about four years and were used to the local faces.

“There is a real mix of people around now,” she said.

“Lots of people driving around and coming in. Burnett Heads is certainly growing.”

The Burnett Heads resident said she used the bridge frequently.

“I use it a lot,” Mrs Omara said.

“Probably about once a week I go to the port for a look at the view. It's nice to see.”

Burnett Heads Bakery and Coffee Shop manager Libby Stanborough said her new customers loved the bridge.

“We have people coming in all the time saying how good it (the bridge) is,” she said.



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