STRAIGHT TALK: Applicant Peter Zipf addresses the CARA information meeting.
STRAIGHT TALK: Applicant Peter Zipf addresses the CARA information meeting. Peter Gardiner

Rival Cooroy servo fuels dissent over proposed centre

A COOROY service station operator has raised concerns about a loss of trade from the proposed developer of a $10 million tourist stopover which would incorporate a retail petrol outlet, car wash, and fast food store as well as storage facilities.

He was one of the few directly negative voices raised at the Cooroy Residents Association information night which was addressed by local IGA supermarket operator Peter Zipf and his development team, who are behind the application to be considered by Noosa Council next year.

About 80 residents gathered at the Cooroy Memorial Hall last Wednesday to hear that the proposal on Myall St had been scaled back and reconfigured to try and overcome some local concerns.

However, the site is zoned rural and will be considered by Noosa Council as a non-complying use, according to a council source. Among the significant concessions was the removal of a Ferrells Rd entryway to the site and increased buffer zones along that section, plus the promise of acoustic barriers to help shield the nearby retirement village from any noise.

Development consultant Gavin Mye said the "core anchor" of the development was the service station and this has gone back to "typical service station" by being "reduced somewhat".

The service station component is a 250sq m, the fast food store would also 270sq m, the car wash 177sq m while the tourist parks is earmarked for 820sq m with two further sections designated for possible future expansions.

The self storage centre will cover 1110sq m.

One local resident at the meeting the Noosa News spoke with was delighted that the developer has agreed to build a connecting footpath along Ferrells Rd if the project goes ahead.

The BP service station manager said his business attracted about 85% local trade and he questioned claims by the developer that the fuel facility and tourist park was aimed at attracting mostly passing trade off the highway.

"This is really not what you classify as a highway site, it is a local site. You have no highway access... where do you think you are going to obtain your business from if it is not the local service area?"

"How is it going to be sustainable?"

Mr Mye said the "powers that be" have done their figures, crunched their figures and things have come out quite positive for it.".

He said it is hoped to have highway signs placed north and south of Cooroy to let travellers know of the tourist park.

"As far as drawing people away, your clientele or other locals, there might be a figure," Mr Mye said.

" I don't know what that figure would be. You could lose a little bit of trade, you might not as well."

 

 

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