The cost to improve six intersections near the centre is the major sticking point.
The cost to improve six intersections near the centre is the major sticking point. contributed

Station Square needs state support to expand

UPGRADES to state-owned roads in Maryborough are the only stumbling blocks to the $25 million Station Square Shopping Centre expansion getting under way before Christmas.

Following a development approval for the western expansion of the centre on Wednesday, the Fraser Coast Regional Council and the centre owners have pledged to ramp up pressure on the State Government.

The cost to improve six intersections near the centre is the major sticking point, with the centre owners unhappy with what the Department of Transport and Main Roads have asked them to pay.

"The worst thing is, they're asking us to pay the full cost of those upgrades, whereas we're only contributing a small percentage to the increase in traffic to those intersections, which isn't really fair," Green Group director Shaun Green said.

Wednesday's council development approval was needed so the centre owners could reopen negotiations with the TMR, but Mr Green said without compromise from the State Government the project was unviable.

Division 3 councillor Chris Loft said it was now up to the State Government to support the project.

"We will keep lobbying with Anne Maddern through the Department of Transport and Main Roads and hopefully we'll get a resolve," Cr Loft said.

The Chronicle has attempted to contact Anne Maddern.



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