Development is a big issue in area
PROPOSED developments are touching a real nerve with Gatton residents at the moment, if feedback to our Facebook and letters pages are any guide.
The catalyst was our story last week about a proposal to build a 24-hour petrol station on Spencer and Ballantine streets in Gatton, with one resident raising concerns about how it might impact on the area.
Since then there has been a constant stream of comments on the topic, with many people questioning if another petrol station was needed.
There were comments saying another large retailer or department store would be a better option, while other correspondents asked if the new petrol station would be sited elsewhere, such as on the Warrego Hwy.
To be fair on Lockyer Valley Regional Council, it can only assess the applications it receives, so if an applicant thinks there is an opportunity on a particular block of land, then that is what must be judged.
If other retailers, including large department stores, do not submit an application, then the council cannot be blamed for what is submitted to it.
Knowing the machinations of large companies, they are only making these submissions if they believe there is money to be made, so at some point they have assessed the Gatton market and feel there is a dollar, or a lot of dollars, to be made by establishing a presence in the town.
With the submission phase on some of these applications still to close, the community must now wait until a report is finalised by council officers, to be presented to councillors for a decision.
Perhaps now is the time to have your say, to let decision-makers know whether you support the proposal.
The Gatton, Lockyer and Brisbane Valley Star will soon be launching our Town Proud initiative, a way of giving the community the chance to show local business they are supported and appreciated.
Remember, these are the businesses we turn to for raffle prizes for our sporting and community groups, the ones we hope and expect will employ our children when they are looking for a job, and be there when we need them.
But that can only happen if we continue to support them, by giving them the chance to bid on our jobs, or ask them to quote on our needs. We must be Town Proud in everything we do.