Mayor Mick Kruger, outside Centro shopping centre, has vowed to get the Centro redevelopment project back on track.
Mayor Mick Kruger, outside Centro shopping centre, has vowed to get the Centro redevelopment project back on track. Alistair Brightman

Centro redevelopment to happen

FRASER Coast Regional Council is ready to make the $100 million Centro redevelopment happen within six months.

That was the commitment given yesterday to the project by Mayor Mick Kruger.

Mr Kruger admitted the council had played it “tough” with the Leda Group over the redevelopment and now needed to win back the company’s trust.

“The last thing we want them to do is to walk away from this project so I will be meeting with their executives this Friday and I won’t leave the meeting until we get a resolution,” the mayor said.

“I believe there have been some misunderstandings on behalf of the developers and I need to give them assurances that we want to be fair with them.

“The bottom line is we have a tough negotiator in David King, our director of development services, and they are a tough company to deal with and somehow we got to an impasse and we now have to fix it.”

Chairman of the Leda Group Bob Ell said the council had to understand that Hervey Bay was not the hot spot to invest at the moment and that it should be appreciative his company wanted to spend $100 million.

“I’m glad we have now got some commonsense back in the matter and I hope that we can resolve our differences and get the project back on track at our meeting,” Mr Ell said. “I will send our project consultant, Mr Allan Keast, to the meeting in Hervey Bay and I will be on phone hook-up. I am hopeful that after this meeting we may be able to move forward.”



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