Carter asks McConaghy to meet

MAYOR Brad Carter has invited Gracemere Shoppingworld developer Robert McConaghy to a meeting to help accelerate the project.

Cr Carter yesterday said Mr McConaghy had not submitted “any detailed traffic or engineered plans” about the location of a bus stop at the centre, which is the only glitch holding up work at the site.

While McConaghy Group is still negotiating with Ergon Energy for a deal to provide extra power to the site, Cr Carter said he understood work could start before Christmas if the bus stop issue was resolved.

He said meetings yesterday with council engineers and other councillors highlighted a range of potential solutions to the issue of a bus stop site, which the developer doesn’t want integrated into the shopping centre for fear it will compromise 35 car parks.

Mr McConaghy declined the opportunity to comment yesterday to The Morning Bulletin but said he was still to be in contact with Cr Carter.

Cr Carter said he would need to discuss plans with Mr McConaghy before council could make a decision on the bus stop location.

“Until plans are received from the developer I can’t present anything to the council table for consideration as the information supplied at this stage has been insufficient,” he said.

Talks with Mr McConaghy were crucial to help the project move forward and would be given “top priority”.

Cr Carter said he would invite representatives from Queensland Transport and Main Roads.


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