De­vel­op­ment is a big is­sue in area

Gatton Star - - Opinion - Gary Wor­rall Editor [email protected]­ton­star.com.au

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.

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