■ 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.