Mega truck stop closer

Decades on and project with coun­cil

Big Rigs - - NEWS -

A “MEGA truck stop”, po­ten­tially worth tens of mil­lions of dol­lars and cre­at­ing hun­dreds of jobs, is a step closer to fruition.

Plans have been in place for close to 20 years for an empty patch of dirt be­side the War­rego Hwy at Haigslea to be trans­formed into a mas­sive truck stop, ser­vice cen­tre and ho­tel.

De­vel­op­ers have ap­plied to Ip­swich City Coun­cil to start earth­works on the 39.9 hectare site ahead of the mas­sive build which was ini­tially ex­pected to cre­ate hun­dreds of po­si­tions for lo­cal job seek­ers.

In March plan­ners RPS sub­mit­ted fresh de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions to Ip­swich City Coun­cil on be­half of land hold­ers and de­vel­op­ers EMAAAS.

A de­ci­sion is yet to be recorded against the de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion or the earth­works ap­pli­ca­tion for the site, which is 59km from the Bris­bane CBD, and 76km from Toowoomba.

The de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion for the Haigslea high­way ser­vice sta­tion site in­cludes a 50-bed mo­tel, ser­vice sta­tion, shop, cafe, four fast food shops, car and truck wash, truck de­pot and park and a restau­rant.

There were no fur­ther de­tails avail­able from the de­vel­op­ers in time for this is­sue, but a pro­mo­tional clip on YouTube calls for expressions of in­ter­est from lease­hold­ers to run the pro­posed out­lets along the 1.2km of high­way frontage.

Re­ac­tion on our Facebook page from Big Rigs read­ers was largely pos­i­tive to the news that the much-needed pit-stop may fi­nally be built.

“Fi­nally!! All the new servi’s that have been built have no truck stop park­ing or show­ers,” wrote Candi Smith.

Oth­ers had some sug­ges­tions for the de­vel­op­ers on how to fine tune the make-up.

“Needs proper food not fast food out lets. How about a doc­tor n cemist as alot of peo­ple need them at 1 time n when away in a heavy ve­hi­cle it's near im­pos­si­ble to get near 1,” said Moose Doyle.

“Why can’t they put boom gates at Truck Bays and fit ac­cess de­vices to trucks ? Or sumn.. That should stop camper vans and un­wanted ve­hi­cles us­ing them,” added Lind­say An­der­son.

PHOTO: DAVID NIELSEN

WAR­REGO FUEL STA­TIONS: The Puma Ser­vice Sta­tion and Travel Cen­tre at Bun­damba is one of the fuel sta­tions on the War­rego High­way.

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