Paul Rix plans to transform CBD
DIVISION 4 candidate Paul Rix has plenty of plans for the CBD if he is elected to council.
They entail moving the methadone clinic, transforming Bell St into an entertainment precinct and eradicating on-street parking from East St.
He said many problems in the CBD could be fixed by council encouraging hubs of businesses in the right location.
Mr Rix is aiming to represent Division 4 but he said a councillor needed to be across issues impacting the entire city.
He said "a quick fix" for the top of town would be to remove the gardens and open up more car parking.
He would like to see Bell St boast "nice dining areas and places to sit and have a few drinks over a meal".
He said businesses in the street should be grouped to form a hub where people can go out for meals.
The location of the methadone clinic in the CBD is an issue for business owners.
"I'd relocate it away from the inner CBD to maybe Gordon St, near Pring St, in the medical district," Mr Rix said.
Mr Rix said the traffic issue at the base of the CBD was a concern.
"An accident on the bridge, before or after, causes a lengthy and difficult situation with emergency services, shoppers, school goers picking up children and with older vehicles overheating or that have mechanical issues," he said.
"Limestone Street should be a clearway from Milford St to East St, just like Brisbane Road through Booval.
Of course cars can pull up for a few minutes and move anytime outside clearway times."
Mr Rix was adamant East St should have no on street parking.
He would remove car parks outside RT Edwards.
"They should encourage people to use their car park, not restrict all drivers passing by.
"East St should have line marking alterations and two lanes in either direction.
There will be problems with the little bit of East St between Brisbane St and Limestone St.
"It will get worse and council's best solution is to direct Limestone St traffic to the top of town, then come down Brisbane St to enter the bridge.
"We can use East St as a bus lane, for emergency services and an exit point from the bridge and Brisbane St to go in the direction of the hospital."