Cr Carter: People have invested in Gracemere expecting a shopping centre to be built.
Cr Carter: People have invested in Gracemere expecting a shopping centre to be built. File

Gracemere plays waiting game

ROCKHAMPTON Regional Mayor Brad Carter says there is nothing more that council can do to speed up the Gracemere Shoppingworld development.

He says it’s a waiting game now for the developer.

When The Morning Bulletin revealed in November that the position of a bus stop in the shopping centres plans was all that held up the development, Cr Carter invited the developer, Robert McConaghy, to meet with council.

Council engineers were refusing to budge on a proposed bus stop to be integrated into the shopping centre, which the developer claimed would mean sacrificing 35 car parks.

Cr Carter said last week that he hadn’t received any response from Mr McConaghy regarding the invitation to meet with council.

Attempts to contact Mr McConaghy were unsuccessful on Friday. In November he refused an opportunity to comment.

Cr Carter said the ball was 100% in the developer’s court for the project to move forward.

“We (council) are available to discuss the whole issue with him but until he’s prepared to meet with us there’s not a great deal we can do,” Cr Carter said.

“Certainly the feedback from the Gracemere community is one that they have high expectations of that shopping centre proceeding and they’re keen to see everything done to receive that outcome.”

Cr Carter said a lot of people had invested in the Gracemere area with the expectation that the shopping centre would be built.

The $30 million centre is proposed to include a major supermarket, specialty stores and 360 car parking spaces as part of stage one.

Stage two is to include a second supermarket, discount department store, additional specialty stores, a food court and underground car park.

“I’m not sure how much more we can do to invite (the developer) to the discussion table,” Cr Carter said.

“We’re more than happy to meet and discuss (the issues) as fully and frankly as we can.

“My door’s always open.”

Cr Carter said getting Gracemere Shoppingworld up and running would be a priority for council in 2010 after more than 18 months of no work on the site.



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