Mega truck stop closer
Decades on and project with council
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.
WARREGO FUEL STATIONS: The Puma Service Station and Travel Centre at Bundamba is one of the fuel stations on the Warrego Highway.