Council to decide on new shops
A $30 million Gracemere Shopping Centre will be decided on today, but like many small business owners in the area Liz Browning is concerned.
"A lot of business in the area will suffer because of it,'' said the manager of Gracemere News.
"But I think it will be good for the area eventually.''
She said in the long run the development, which will be built along McLaughlin Street, will benefit everyone as it will attract more people to the shire.
Fitzroy Shire Council is poised to approved the shopping centre today.
"I see no reason why it won't be approved,'' said Fitzroy Shire Mayor John Hopkins.
"We think it will be a great thing for the area.''
The Shopping Centre is being developed by Brisbane-based McConaghy Group.
Once built the complex will include about 25 specialty shops, two fast-food outlets and nearly three hundred car parks.
Managing director, Robert McConaghysaid it will be a key factor in providing economic growth to the region.
"The centre will be constructed to cater for the rapidly growing Gracemere population,'' he said.
"We will be ready to start construction of it immediately upon approval.''
A motel unit, which has already been approved by council will also begin construction in line with the shopping complex.
Yet another Gracemere business owner, Robert Kann, said he would prefer other services be built in the area.