FIRE RE­COV­ERY FORCES FOR­WARD

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE -

THE shop­pers are back, the carpark has re­opened and nor­mal­ity is re­turn­ing to the Whit­sun­day Shop­ping Cen­tre.

With the for­mer Tar­get store de­mo­li­tion works close to com­ple­tion, the cen­tre is look­ing to the fu­ture.

Knight Frank Townsville and Mackay man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Craig Stack said things were al­most busi­ness as usual.

“It’s nearly sit­u­a­tion nor­mal, other than we now have a pad rather than the shops that were there,” he said.

Res­i­dents near the cen­tre will soon have full ac­cess to the area as well, with Is­land Drive set to reo- pen shortly.

“So within a week or so, a few days, Is­land Dr will be back to the nor­mal en­vi­ron­ment,” Mr Stack said.

It’s still “early days yet” as to what will hap­pen with the va­cant site, Mr Stack ex­plained.

“SCA will en­gage with the larger ten­ants that were in there,” he said.

The Break­through Group have con­firmed that the de­bris from the de­mo­li­tion, both the steel and the con­crete, will be re­cy­cled lo­cally and in Mackay.

The cen­tre will host a com­mu­nity day with jump­ing cas­tles, stalls and ac­tiv­i­ties on Satur­day, May 7.

Photo: Sharon Small­wood

CLEAN UP: The for­mer Tar­get build­ing is al­most gone, with the con­crete and steel set to be re­cy­cled.

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