Southside shop works set to start
WORK could be starting on the AHC Limited Southside shopping centre complex development as soon as next Monday.
AHC managing director Rod MacLeod and construction manager Wayne Lester were in Gympie yesterday meeting with council and Department of Transport and Main Roads officials to try and get the ball rolling on the project.
Speaking to The Gympie Times after the meetings, Mr MacLeod said he was “frustrated”.
The developers still haven’t been given the final go-ahead to start construction even though all the planning has been approved by council. But if all goes to plan machines should be at the site to clear away grass and trees by Monday.
After the clearing, site preparation and some sewage work – the first of the building works – should start in three to four weeks.
Mr MacLeod said it would take about a year from the start of work until the centre could be completed, weather permitting. He said the company would try and use as many local contractors as possible.
“We are overwhelmed by the welcoming the community has given us,” he said.
AHC Limited had tried to get the first of the works underway in August but there was a hold up with the transport department in relation to car parks.
Now that has been sorted out, the company is waiting for the final word on construction, after fencing the site yesterday.