Wait for shops is nearly over
RETAIL developments worth $225 million are being considered by the Fraser Coast Regional Council.
While the proposed extensions to Station Square in Maryborough and Stockland in Urraween have been well-publicised, a proposed new shopping centre in Urangan is currently in the public notification phase of its application.
This new centre will have a McDonald's Restaurant, an IGA supermarket, a medical centre, a Golden Chicken and numerous other retail and fast food outlets, along with 266 parking spaces.
Ward Veitch from Urban Planet Town Planning Consultants said he had already received plenty of positive feedback from the public about the new shopping centre.
"It is an exciting project," Mr Veitch said.
The proposed $20-25 million project is the result of about five years of negotiation with the council, the Department of Transport and Main Roads and DERM.
Mr Veitch said once the public notification period ended on September 14, it would be up to the council to make its decision, which he hoped would be forthcoming by October.
With extensions and re-developments worth about $100 million each planned for Station Square and Stockland, Mr Veitch said there were great times just around the corner for the retail sector on the Fraser Coast.
Mayor Gerard O'Connell agreed, saying with about 15% of
the GDP of the Fraser Coast coming from the retail sector the massive proposed developments would end up enhancing the community.
"They are a huge vote of confidence in the region and that confidence will flow down to smaller retailers."
Cr O'Connell urged patience from those waiting for the developments to start.
"Big developments like these take a lot of time before they can be approved," he said.
Station Square has applications before the council for extensions on the western and northern ends of the existing centre, and discussions between the developer, the council and Main Roads are continuing.
A Stockland representative said an update on Stage Two of its proposed upgrade was expected in September, while improvements to the car park would be completed by December.
City and town centre development portfolio councillor Daniel Sanderson said all of the retail developments were progressing well.
"The council is very keen to see these projects turn into fruition and are doing all we can to maintain momentum and assist in the required processes," he said.