Southside shopping centre delay

SOUTHSIDE shopping centre developers are optimistic construction could start this month.

But with AHC Limited’s development application still before Gympie Regional Council and yet to be finalised, those hopes may be dashed.

It has been two years since the company bought the land along Exhibition Road, and it has taken nearly that long to get final approval on the shopping complex.

“It’s getting annoying,” AHC Limited chairman Ian MacLeod said last week.

“We are still waiting.”

But he didn’t blame Gympie Regional Council.

“We’re trying to get a major project under way and we’re not making progress.”

The company has enormous pressures, having signed Woolworths on as a major lease holder and needing to start construction 12 months after the lease date.

Cr Ian Petersen said the application had progressed “fairly well” but there were still some issues to resolve.

He said hopefully construction could start this month, but council needed more information on plumbing works and was liaising with a hydraulics consultant.

A change to parking had to be referred to the Department of Transport and Main Roads under current legislation, Cr Petersen said, but he expected no issues.

“It’s a high priority, we’re pushing as hard as we can,” he said.

Gympie Times


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