Councillor Daniel Sanderson says confidence is slowly returning to the Heritage City.
Councillor Daniel Sanderson says confidence is slowly returning to the Heritage City. Valerie Horton

Confidence booming in Maryborough, councillor says

IT'S time for Maryborough to start getting excited about its future, believes Division 4 councillor Daniel Sanderson.

"There are some real signs of confidence in Maryborough at the moment," he said.

From fast food expansions, to industrial and residential estates, to shopping tourism opportunities on the horizon, Maryborough is developing a buzz that already has potential investors interested.

"Because these things are going well, we are now hearing from other developers expressing some interest," Cr Sanderson confirmed.

One of the recent developments was the decision by Hungry Jack's to become a 24-hour restaurant in Maryborough, showing confidence the amount of business in the town would make the extra hours profitable, Cr Sanderson said.

The continued sale of blocks from the Timbers Reserve housing development was another positive sign, as was the recent announcement of the Heritage Gateway plan to further market the Portside area as a tourist attraction for the city.

The plan to redevelop the Mary River Harbour was another one, with Cr Sanderson saying the plan should be able to move forward once the new planning scheme proposed by the council this year was approved.

Another proposed expansion for which Cr Sanderson had high hopes was the redevelopment of the Station Square shopping centre.

"There are still a couple of issues to be resolved, but hopefully this should move forward soon," he said.

"It's exciting to know confidence is starting to grow again.

"There's still a long way to go, but we're getting there."
 



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