MP says she'll try to remove Station Square roadblocks

MARYBOROUGH MP Anne Maddern will work with the transport minister and his department to try to remove the roadblocks stopping the Station Square expansion.

The first stage of the $25 million project was given the green light at last week's council meeting, with the development team telling the Chronicle afterwards a dispute with the government was now the only hold-up.

Green Group director Shaun Green said at the time he was disappointed the Department of Transport and Main Roads had asked him to pay all costs in upgrading six intersections.

Mr Green argued the Station Square Shopping Centre expansion would only contribute to a small increase in traffic to those intersections.

Now, Member for Maryborough Anne Maddern has publicly thrown her support behind the project, telling the Chronicle the community needs it.

"I very much support the proposed extension to the Maryborough Station Square shopping centre, acknowledging the employment and investment that this project has the capacity to bring to our community," she said.

"On that basis, I will be working with the minister and the department to determine if there is a way that we can meet appropriately the road requirements while at the same time giving this project the capacity to go ahead.

"Our community needs the opportunities and confidence boost that a project of this type can supply."

Division 4 councillor Daniel Sanderson said the council was keen on the development and the jobs it would create.

"I will push the importance of the project and the benefits it will bring to our city and region because the positives far outweigh the negatives."

Cr Sanderson said he would continue to support the development and try to find a solution to the stalemate.



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