Hold up for centre expansion
PLANS to almost double the size of Maryborough’s Station Square Shopping Centre are being held up because of complications involving part of the proposed site – heritage-listed Queensland Rail land.
The design concept for the 15,000 square metre expansion was finished in 2007 but Bundaberg developers A and M Investments are still working through issues with the Fraser Coast council and Department of Environment and Resource Management.
“We put the development application in to the council in July last year and we’re currently going through the process of the town planning,” said A and M Investments director Shaun Green.
“There are no major issues – just some heritage issues on the site. Hopefully we will be able to work through the issues and progress forward.”
It was believed the main difficulty was an old goods building in the middle of the proposed site that needed to be removed.
The redevelopment of Station Square was originally planned for later this year. It would expand the centre – currently 19,000sqm – by 15,000sqm and incorporate the heritage-listed railway station, providing a better link to the CBD.
It would feature another full line supermarket, two national “mini major tenants”, an extension to Big W, a three-storey commercial building and further 25 specialty stores.
A spokesperson said the Fraser Coast Regional Council was waiting for the developers to respond to a request for further information.
“The Department of Environment and Resource Management is consulting with the applicants about components of the project which touch on heritage-listed buildings.
“The council is supporting the applicant and their negotiations with the state.”