Coun­cil looks at pro­pos­als to es­tab­lish fuel, food out­lets

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DOMANII CAMERON domanii. cameron@ news. com. au

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.

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