Council looks at proposals to establish fuel, food outlets
A CAIRNS business has partnered with a Townsville planning consultant to develop a new service station in Douglas, with the site to include an adjoining drive- through coffee franchise.
The proposal, submitted to Townsville City Council by Cairns- based SMADA Projects and Townsville’s Milford Planning Consultants, would be located at a vacant retail hub on Riverside Boulevard.
It comes amid another ser- vice station proposal for Shaw Rd at Greater Ascot by local firm Kingsun Investments.
The two proposals, which were tabled at the council’s Planning and Development Committee meeting yesterday, would bring the total number of new service stations approved in Townsville in the past two years to seven.
The Douglas service station, at the former Brodies takeaway and Choc- A- Bloc store sites, would comprise about 290sq m and have a refuelling station large enough to serve six vehicles.
Deputy Mayor Les Walker said the service stations were ideally located to provide convenience to many locals. “The station in Douglas will provide convenience to the residents and all the people who go to and from the university and hospital every day,” Cr Walker said.
“The station will also include a food and drink outlet which will add to the overall service being delivered, plus it will deliver much needed jobs during the construction and ongoing operations.”
An existing building would be demolished to make way for the development.
The new business expects to serve the surrounding area, with the anticipated growth of Townsville Hospital and James Cook University through the development of Discovery Rise.
The Shaw Rd proposal, which would be between the junction of Dalrymple Rd and Shaw Rd and the new Ring Road overpass, would include fast food and convenience stores and a car wash.
“The last five service stations brought in an estimated $ 15 million during construction and this is good for the local workforce and economy,” Cr Walker said.
It is not known which drive- through coffee or fuel franchises would be included in the plans. The proposals will now go to the full council meeting on July 25.