REVEALED: Mega lifestyle store opening in Rockhampton
UPDATE 6.15AM: ONE of Australia's largest sports and lifestyle retailers is poised to enter the Rockhampton market if plans for a new shopping precinct in north Rockhampton go ahead.
Urbis Pty Ltd, who designed the Rockhampton Riverside and CBD Masterplan as well as the Kershaw Gardens Masterplan, was tasked to design the precinct by Victoria-based developers Glenwaye Pty Ltd.
The precinct will be based around a large supermarket and will include other shops, food and drink outlets and a service station as well as the existing Spotlight centre.
Major sports and lifestyle retailer Anaconda, which offers the largest range of outdoor products in Australia and is an expert in camping, hiking, fishing, four-wheel-driving, cycling, snorkelling, diving and rock climbing, is one of the proposed retailers.
An additional three tenancies will be available at the site.
An entrance to the planned service station and precinct is proposed on Moores Creek Rd.
Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow said the development application was in the information and referral stage.
"We are waiting on a response from the State Government as part of this process and it will then go to the Planning and Regulatory Committee," Cr Strelow said.
"I am excited at the prospect of such a development being approved as it could bring some extra life close by to the already booming retail area of Stockland.
"Big things are happening all over our region (including the likes of the Parkhurst Town Centre) and these applications are what contribute to a brighter future for our economy and our community."
It has been a big year for development in the region, with Planning and Regulatory Committee chair Councillor Ellen Smith revealing a substantial increase in applications compared to the same time last year.
"Council has seen a 26% increase in development applications with 114 applications received between January 1 and July 25, 2015 and 144 applications received for the same period this year," Cr Smith said.
"These applications were for material change of use, reconfigurations of lots and operational works applications, as well as requests to change existing approvals.
INITIAL: FOR at least the last 15 years, a prime parcel of land across from Stockland Rockhampton has sat vacant, just waiting for someone to put shovel to ground.
And it's finally happening.
The Morning Bulletin can exclusively reveal a development application has been lodged with Rockhampton Regional Council to build a new retail precinct at the vacant lot and surrounding existing Spotlight site.
While the Bulletin is working to reveal the full extent of the plans, it can be confirmed up to six major retailers could be included in the precinct.
Any new development in the region goes hand-in-hand with jobs in both the construction phase and when the precinct opens.
The development plans come after former tenant Toyworld closed down earlier this year.
The vacant lot was formerly the site of a caravan park which was knocked down after a fire some years ago.
More to come.