Green light given to upgrade
THERE will be no roundabout near the Southside Shopping Centre but a $1.3 million upgrade of the Exhibition Rd/Ramsey Rd intersection will feature traffic lights and double lanes.
Gympie Regional Council gave the green light this week for developers AHC Ltd to start work on a service station and shop at the corner of Woolgar Rd and Ramsey Rd.
Now all that needs to happen is agreement between the developers and Main Roads on the final design of the intersection.
The service station will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and feature three double-sided fuel bowsers, one LPG bowser and a single-storey building.
Motorists will be able to access the service station from the double lanes that lead into and out of the shopping centre, not directly from Woolgar or Ramsey Rds. A change of mind from Main Roads means a roundabout will no longer have to be built, the council heard this week.
Negotiations are continuing between Main Roads and the developers but the council was more than happy at AHC's undertaking to spend more at the intersection.
It was so impressed it waived an $80,000 road contribution from the company.
The $1.3 million intersection must be completed before the service station is allowed to open.
Councillor Ian Petersen said if the council had been "heavy handed" with AHC about the contribution, it would have extinguished the company's willingness to spend more on the intersection.