Coromandel Town main street upgrade nears the finish line 18 December 2019 We are just days away from the roadworks in Coromandel Town being completed - just in time for Christmas. (Pictured above - Sealing on Wharf Road) The road marking will be completed in the evening from Thursday 19 December to minimise the impact to road users and businesses. The road will remain open during this time (but there will be no parking allowed) so the contractors can spray the lines. The lines to mark out the roundabout will be completed by the end of the week. Last week Downer, our contractor for the project, shaped and rolled the base course, and the contractors have started sealing the road. The cobblestones for the roundabout will be installed before Easter 2020, in conjunction with some other minor finishing touches to the main street, including gardens and landscaping. "We would like to thank the local businesses for their patience and cooperation during the project. We will be in touch with the local businesses early next year and the public to inform them about when we will start the finishing work," says our Council's manager for the project, Steve Bremner. There will be no more project meetings until the New Year when the Downer team returns to complete the project. For more information on the project visit our project page. Get all your Christmas shopping done at Star Gallery this year (Pictured above- Coromandel Star Gallery) Every week we’re profiling a local business affected by the town centre works. This week we caught up with Belinda Piacun from Star Gallery at 24 Kapanga Road. Christmas is just around the corner and Star Gallery is well stocked with potential Christmas gifts. Belinda Piacun owned a gallery shop on Waiheke Island for fourteen years before she decided she wanted to slow down and move to Coromandel Town. She moved here four years ago and started her business, which is in an old restored heritage building that used to be a part of the old Coromandel Town Four Square. "Although the upgrade process has been long and inconvenient - any sort of improvement and roadworks comes with inconvenience and tourists are still coming to town. I think it will look amazing when it is completed and will be beneficial to our town in the peak holiday season," says Belinda. (Pictured above- Coromandel Star Gallery) "I appreciate working in such a nice town and getting to meet all the lovely locals. I have had a number of people come back to my store to shop and spread the word about the art I sell here," she says. Belinda's gallery has many unique and remarkable art pieces, knick knacks, gifts, and much more. If you’re stuck for a Christmas present this is the perfect place to grab a last-minute gift. Her products are high quality and affordable. For more information email Belinda at email@example.com or phone the shop on 021 995 732.