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■ Lynda Richardson: Biloela will end up like a lot of other coun­try towns and die, with this ex­pan­sion can only hope it will boost the econ­omy and give jobs to the young peo­ple. Am glad they are putting in park­ing etc for the grey no­mads and are mov­ing the in­for­ma­tion cen­tre. Just hope they also land­scape the area as well.

■ Josh Chalk: It’s great... I was born and raised here and to ac­tu­ally see more shops in the area will give not only young peo­ple but older peo­ple a job is awesome... there’s not many jobs in the area. Since they de­cided to ban free camp­ing out at the dam... the town has been quiet so hope­fully more peo­ple will move to the area. ■ Jess Fitzner: Hav­ing more va­ri­ety means lo­cals won’t need to drive to Rock­hamp­ton or Glad­stone to buy ev­ery­day cloth­ing items and essen­tials etc. We need more op­tions. Hav­ing only one cloth­ing store in town (Target) is a pain in the bum cause half the time they don’t have the item or are very lim­ited on stock. I have to ei­ther go to Glad­stone or Rocky to get my 5 year old a de­cent pair of shoes.

■ James Kelly: Shops can’t stay open around town or in the shop­ping cen­tre now. How does mak­ing a big­ger shop­ping cen­tre help?

■ Mark Di Rug­giero: I think it’s great for the town... you don’t just ex­tend a shop­ping cen­tre and spend mil­lions to have it fail... They would have done the math. If there are good shops ie a Big W (and oth­ers) for ex­am­ple this will hope­fully stop the need to travel out of town. And the plus side is it cre­ates jobs... SURELY no one can whinge about that?

■ Brian Hanna: The shop­ping cen­tre is big enough for the size of the town. If you make it big­ger your va­cant shops you have around town will in­crease and land value will drop and the coun­try at­mos­phere of the town will be lost. I just hope it’s not go­ing the way of other min­ing towns.

■ Kim­berly Mills: I’m ex­cited to see it hap­pen. It will give the town more va­ri­ety and pro­vide some more jobs for every­one. I’m also look­ing for­ward to the ru­moured McDon­ald’s.

■ Samm Bath: Would so love to see Big W or Kmart. Or maybe just a de­cent Target coz one rack of baby boy clothes just doesn’t cut it.

■ Kourt­ney Watene: Great for Biloela, great for CQ.

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