No more shops please

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

JUST read the ar­ti­cle in Satur­day’s Bul­letin re­gard­ing rugby union’s move to Mur­ray and their old grounds at Cur­ra­jong be­ing re­de­vel­oped into a shop­ping cen­tre.

First of all, I can un­der­stand why rugby has to move as they have out­grown their grounds and need the space that Mur­ray will give them. It is a great game and I played it at school and up un­til about 29 years of age.

But another shop­ping cen­tre, I don’t think so. You have Castle­town, the CBD, other ma­jor cen­tres close by plus smaller cen­tres that have ei­ther a Coles or Wool­worths as ma­jor ten­ant. Hav­ing owned a shop in a ma­jor shop­ping cen­tre in the past 20 years, we ten­ants used to groan when we heard another cen­tre was be­ing built and there were many in that time.

There are only so many cus­tomers to go around and all that hap­pens is that some cus­tomers change their shop­ping habits, thus en­sur­ing the con­sumer dol­lar is spread around even more than it is now.

Let’s hope the coun­cil see sense and re­ject this pro­posal. Surely Park­side could build hous­ing/ unit de­vel­op­ments on this land which would ben­e­fit ev­ery­one.

MAX DOOLAN

Kir­wan.

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