Commercial precinct attracts big business
THE much-anticipated commercial precinct, Highlands HQ, on the corner of Gregory Hwy and Pilot Farm Rd, has commenced construction after announcing national retail giant Harvey Norman recently secured a prime position.
Developer Tony Dawes purchased the 50ha site five years ago and understood the quality expected for national companies.
“We have ticked all the right boxes to accommodate these strict standards and believe Highlands HQ will become the premier commercial precinct in the Central Highlands region,” he said.
“Our main goal was to attract a variety of businesses to the area giving local residents a wider choice of products and services closer to home, limiting their need to drive for hours to other centres such as Rockhampton and Mackay.
“There are literally millions of dollars escaping the local economy and we’d like to think Highlands HQ will help keep that money and hundreds of new jobs in town.”
A spokesman for Harvey Norman said the project’s location was a major drawcard.
“The position of Highlands HQ between the town centre and the airport was a huge plus,” he said.
“New infrastructure and residential development clearly shows the region is growing and we look forward to becoming a part of this growing community.”
Emerald Real Estate principal Jason Campbell said Highlands HQ would take business to a new level in Emerald.
“This new commercial precinct has been designed specifically to cater for a wide range of business,” he said.
“It will become a pivotal hub in the region and the elevated position at over 6m above the highest recorded flood levels in the area ensures a safe and secure environment.”
Mr Campbell said national businesses keen to secure a presence in the region had been requesting information.
“Now construction has commenced, we are receiving quite a few inquiries from companies as well as local businesses wanting to relocate to the area,” he said.
“Every new business that comes to Highlands HQ means less travel, more variety and convenience for the locals and surrounding towns as well as more jobs - so watch this space.”