?We?re still here?: traders

By MAT OVENDENmovenden@gladstoneobserver.com.au

'WE'RE still here and we're still trading.'

That was the catch-cry for the retailers at the top end of Goondoon Street yesterday.

Since the fences were erected and the road closed for the start of stage one of the CBD revitalisation project, the retailers noticed the customers were staying away.

Goondoon Street, between Roseberry and Yarroon Streets, was closed to traffic on September 11 by steel girders and blue shade cloth with only foot traffic allowed along the footpaths.

But to counter the drop in traffic along the street, the retailers yesterday came together to form a new alliance in an effort to spread the word that they were still open and trading as usual.

The 'Library Square Traders', with the support of Gladstone City Council, have come up with a range of ideas to help remind people that the CBD is still a great place to shop and dine during the construction phase.

And while there were no official announcements yesterday, the first will be unveiled this Friday.

Scott McCarthy, from Scottie's Bar and Restaurant, said it was great to get all the traders together to come up with a combined effort to attract customers back to the CBD.

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