Townsville Bulletin - - PRIME SITE - CHRISTIE ANDERSON

TOWNSVILLE is poised for re­cov­ery with Adani’s Carmichael coal project likely to kick­start the re­gion’s econ­omy for years to come, prop­erty in­vestor War­ren Ebert says.

Mr Ebert was in the city yes­ter­day look­ing at more po­ten­tial ac­qui­si­tions for the un­listed prop­erty fund Sen­tinel.

The fund could in­vest more than an­other $ 40 mil­lion here to add to its hold­ings which in­clude the OneS­teel Re­in­forc­ing in­dus­trial ware­house at Gar­butt and the Wood­lands shop­ping cen­tre at Deer­a­gun.

Mr Ebert said they had seen a lot of im­prove­ments in the economies at Mackay and Emer­ald.

“I think it’s only go­ing to take a big project to kick Townsville off,” Mr Ebert said. “Once Adani hap­pens, that opens up other projects in the Galilee Basin and then it’s on for young and old. North Queens­land will be boom­ing.”

Mr Ebert said com­pa­nies serv­ing the min­ing in­dus­try at Mackay al­ready were see­ing skill short­ages.

At Emer­ald, where Sen­tinel owned a shop­ping cen­tre, the group had signed 13 new leases since Oc­to­ber and turnover was in­creas­ing. MILK Es­presso Gar­den has re­opened in Bayswa­ter Rd at Hyde Park af­ter a ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment and new menu.

The cafe opened on Mon­day re­plac­ing Ur­ban Crust and has been do­ing a roar­ing trade since open­ing the doors.

The space, which has been leased for three years has un­der­gone a trans­for­ma­tion in­side and out with new plants be­ing planted out­side in the gar­den.

Owner Ben Kim who also owns Milk Es­presso at Stock­land Shop­ping Cen­tre and MJ & Co Es­presso Bar on Flin­ders St said he was ex­pect­ing plenty of cus­tomers from nearby Mater Hos­pi­tal and St Mar­garet Mary’s Catholic Col­lege.

“This ac­tu­ally used to be Milk ... be­fore Ur­ban Crust was here ... and now it’s back to Milk,” he said.

“You have the hos­pi­tal and school so those two things are ma­jor ( source) of cus­tomers for me.

“It’s been busy, peo­ple are lik­ing it and we’ve got a new menu.

“We’re en­sur­ing that we have got re­ally nice qual­ity food and we have great coffee which is re­ally im­por­tant.”

Milk Es­presso Gar­den is open Mon­day to Fri­day for break­fast and lunch and break­fast on Satur­days.

It’s been busy, peo­ple are lik­ing it and we’ve got a new menu

ALL SMILES: Owner Ben Kim at his Milk Es­presso cafe which has opened at Hyde Park.

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