Construction on the Botanic Gardens Shopping Centre at Urangan gets under way.
Construction on the Botanic Gardens Shopping Centre at Urangan gets under way. Alistair Brightman

Site clearing brings new Urangan shopping centre closer

LAND is being cleared to make way for the development of a new shopping centre including Aldi and McDonald's in Urangan.

Urban Planet principal Ward Veitch said the land on Boat Harbour Dr was cleared in preparation for construction.

"Vegetation removal has started," Mr Veitch said.

"We're getting the land ready for development."

Mr Veitch's client Lindsay Kayne has been working on the Urangan project since 2006.

He said he decided against searching for other possible tenants until the land clearing had begun and had hopes to include some medical facilities at the centre.

"We'll start talking with other fast food companies now but when it comes to medical tenants it's a little more complicated," he said.

"We'd like to see a medical centre with up to eight doctors, radiology and pathology."

Although there has been a long wait to erect the new centre, Mr Veitch is expecting the centre to be up and running by 2017.

"We're expecting it all to be done in the next 12 to 18 months," he said.

"We've waited a while to get development under way but now it's all looking very exciting for the Urangan area."

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell is excited about the jobs provided by the centre for the young people of Urangan and surrounding areas.

"I think it's going to be a massive injection to our local economy," he said. "Not only will there be new services provided to the area but also retail jobs for young people which will help fight youth unemployment."

While the current vegetation clearing may seem to be disturbing the surrounding areas, Mr Kayne assures the centre will not disrupt the neighbouring Botanic Gardens.

"This is a convenience centre and is not meant to take people away from the surrounding areas," he said.

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