New era for old Strakers mill site
THE vacant Strakers Sawmill site on the northern outskirts of Gympie will be redeveloped into a service station, transport depot and storage sheds after getting the green light from Gympie Regional Council yesterday.
Polleys Coaches will develop the 12.9ha of land near Chatsworth Rd and Pinewood Avenue, which in 2007 was approved by Cooloola Shire Council for a $90 million commercial development that failed to launch.
The project has been welcomed by the council, Cr Julie Walker saying "once again it's showing there is confidence in Gympie and we are growing exponentially".
Polleys' application sought development approval for material change of use for a self-refuelling facility, heavy vehicle parking area and 40 mini self-storage sheds and recreational vehicle storage.
While the development is for three uses, the proposal is effectively for two separate developments.
The self-storage facility will be located towards the southern boundary close to residential properties.
Access to this part of the development will be via Chatsworth Rd and an existing driveway between two houses.
The self-storage facility will be built over a large existing concrete slab on the site, left behind after demolition of the sawmill.
It will consist of 40 fully enclosed storage sheds, each with a floor area of about 9sq m.
Open roofed structures at the eastern and western ends of the storage sheds will provide for the storage of recreational vehicles and the like.
The service station will be an unmanned diesel refuelling facility, largely for heavy vehicles.
The land is partly flooded in a Q100 flood, but the development should be clear of floodwater.
The application was publicly notified from May 22-June 16, 2015, and drew two "properly made" submissions and one "not properly made".
These raised concerns about increased traffic on Chatsworth Rd, in particular heavy vehicles, and noise caused by extra traffic in Chatsworth Rd because of the self-storage facility.
A bit more
AS PART of the report to council on the Polleys development it was noted:
An independent economic report in 2010 by Economic Associates, who undertook a commercial study for the Gympie area, concluded there was no need for another full-line supermarket in Gympie until 2021.
It also concluded there was likely to be a need for another limited line supermarket within Greater Gympie by 2031.