Optimism, even in tough times
EVEN as the Gympie Region comes to grips with discouraging economic news, particularly for its vital primary production sector, some major investors are confident enough to be making large and long-term investments in the area.
Work began this week on the new Coles service station project on the Bruce Hwy, with preliminary earthworks and site clearing now in progress.
The site is just slightly down the road from the similarly major Woolworths fuel outlet, its second in Gympie.
Both projects will provide southbound fuel purchase access, in addition to the existing Woolworths outlet near Monkland St, on the north-bound side of the highway.
Meanwhile, another big and long-term investment, the Woolworths-based Southside shopping centre project near the Jockey Club Hotel, is making progress.
These signs of big business optimism about the Gympie Region were joined this week by the $81.5 million commitment announced by building materials giant, Boral Limited, which has purchased the increasingly important Moy Pkt quarry, in the Mary Valley.
This optimism comes as smaller businesses worry about getting their enterprises from here, where things appear grim, to the future envisaged by the big players.