Woolies dig­ging in

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - An­gelique Pat­ter­son

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.

Pic­ture: AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

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

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