Signage holds up rest area
BUNDABERG Regional Council is eager for the arrival of signage for an overnight rest area in Yandaran so it can boost the region's facilities for travellers.
A 20-hour overnight stay area suitable for travellers and grey nomads was approved on Rollings Rd in early November.
Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said the council had ordered signage after approval was granted and was now waiting for it to arrive.
"Until we get the appropriate signage, we can't go any further," she said.
Cr Pyefinch said the new rest area would boost the number in the region to five, with existing facilities in Apple Tree Creek, Gin Gin, Sharon and Childers Rd, in between Bundaberg and Childers.
The Mayor said the new area would help to make life a little easier for travellers passing through the region.
Yandaran Store manager Janette Campbell said the rest area could not come soon enough for local businesses, who had hoped it would have been open in time for Christmas.
"There are a lot of people travelling around and on the move at this time of year," she said.
"If they had somewhere to stop here in town, then local businesses would have been able to take advantage of their patronage."
Mrs Campbell said the stay area would come as a much-needed revenue boost for businesses in Yandaran.
"We're only a small town and many of the locals here drive into Bundaberg to do their shopping," she said.
"It's going to attract a lot more people to the area."
She said the rest area would help attract grey nomads and caravan travellers to the region after the Norval rest area was closed by the former Burnett Shire Council.
"It can really help local business having a few travellers passing through," she said.
"The income these visitors generate can be substantial."