Industrial park will draw business

IT WON’T happen overnight but if thoughts of a heavy industrial park on the outskirts of Maryborough are eventually realised, it will happen and help put the region on the map as a mini-TradeCoast.

A heavy industrial park, on the drawing board since 2008, has been proposed for a 44.2 hectare site on the Bruce Highway, behind the Maryborough Crematorium, and would have 35 fully-serviced 5ha lots available for heavy industries, particularly transport.

Fraser Coast councillor Gerard O’Connell said the site was close to road, rail and air links, making it ideal for a heavy industrial park.

“The land is affordable, it’s about four hours away from the city (Brisbane) and on the Bruce Highway where we can capitalise on south-east Queensland’s growth," he said.

“From an economic development point of view, when it goes ahead I’ll be pleased to be able to go out and say, ‘If you’re looking for an industrial area that has close road, rail and air links with service access, have we got a place for you!’.”

Mr O’Connell said that combined with existing industrial parks such as Maryborough’s Moonaboola estate and Hervey Bay Airport park, plus other private and public developments, the Fraser Coast would be well placed to become a mini-TradeCoast, similar to Australia TradeCoast in Brisbane.

The metropolitan trade strip near the Gateway Motorway is home to several thousand businesses.

“Affordable land on the Fraser Coast is a major attraction for getting those types of businesses up here,” Mr O’Connell said.

Plans for the Maryborough project will be discussed at a joint meeting between the Fraser Coast Regional Council and State Government early next year.

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