Gracemere secures $30m shop project



? GRACEMERE'S Mary Swierzbiolek and Dorothy McTavish brandished big smiles yesterday after Fitzroy Shire Council gave the go ahead for a new $30?million shopping complex for the shire.

"I think it's going to be great,'' Ms McTavish said.

"This had to happen with the population growth.''

Shire councillors voted unanimously at yesterday's council meeting to approve the complex, which will be the shire's largest commercial development.

A number of conditions were imposed on the development to be undertaken by the McConaghy Group on land at McLaughlin and O'Shanesy streets.

This included a proviso that the developer make amendments to enable more room for traffic and parking at the nearby Gracemere school.

The first stage of the proposal is for a major shopping centre development, including a 3200m supermaket, a number of specialty shops and 308 car parks.

The Morning Bulletin yesterday spoke with some Gracemere residents, all of whom were delighted with the decision.

Ms Swierzbiolek said she moved to the shire six months ago from Victoria.

"I love this town and I think this will be well used.



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