Making way for a new retail outlet

THE demolition of a 20-year-old shopping complex is part of a proposed modern retail and accommodation development in Emu Park.

Developers Mixhall have submitted an application to the Livingstone Shire Council to construct a 24-home unit, five-shop building on three levels on the corner of Pattison and Granville Streets.

"It will be very modern and contemporary incorporating all the seaviews,'' Colin Downing, from Mixhall, said.

The land was purchased late last year and included the 20year-old Seaside Plaza which would be demolished to make way for the new building.

Mr Downing, speaking from the Gold Coast, described Emu Park as an "undiscovered gem''.

However, the town was on the move, he said.

"They're improving the infrastructure in the town centre and trying to entice people to visit.''

The accommodation aspect could fit various markets including tourism, retirees and those involved with mining, he said.

Mixhall was also involved in developments on the Sunshine Coast and in the cattle industry.

Capricorn Coast Tourist Organisation general manager Mary Carroll believed the plans fitted closely with the planning scheme for Emu Park.

"There's recognition from interested parties and the community that the community really does want to retain its village look and appeal, and see Yeppoon as the major commercial centre on the coast.''

A significant bonus would be new jobs.

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