Woolies digging in
THE first sod has been turned and construction has begun at the site where the new Woolworths supermarket will be built in Mossman.
Woolworths, Town and Country and Prime Constructions held the traditional turning of the sod ceremony on Tuesday morning with the help of Cairns Regional Council deputy mayor Terry James.
Woolworths’s senior development manager Graeme Jones said it was an important occasion for the company, which will own the new shopping centre once completed.
‘‘It’s very pleasing after five to six years of negotiations to see the development commence,’’ he said.
‘‘Woolworths is extremely pleased and looking forward to providing a supermarket twice the size of the current Woolworths supermarket store.
‘‘We are very appreciative of the work Debbie Bender of Town and Country and Andy Taylor of Prime Con- structions conducted in obtaining the necessary approvals from council.’’
Ms Bender said all members of Town and Country agreed it was a ‘‘huge relief seeing the fences up and construction workers at the site’’ and Prime Constructions owner Andy Taylor said he is looking forward to getting on with the construc- tion.
‘‘It’s good to see some progress in down town Mossman, it’s been 18 months for us to pull this whole thing together with a lot of time and effort and now we get to build it,’’ he said.
‘‘We are on the site now and we have a 11-month building program excluding holidays and wet weather and we will be accelerating work, going hard, weather permitting.
‘‘People won’t see much activity because we will be building the walls on the ground and there’s a lot of ground work and services for a shopping centre that will happen while the walls are down, so it will be a couple of months before we see the first walls going up and then there will be a bit of activity.’’
Mr Taylor said they are using sub-contractors and there will be 60 local jobs during the construction.
He also paid tribute to council for supporting the development.
The new Woolworths supermarket is aiming to be open for business early next year.
READY TO GO: Deputy Mayor Terry James turning the soil with Town and Country directors Alec Forde, Drew Watson, Tano Caltabiano and Woolworths development manager Graeme Jones