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The corner of Wood and Wallace has been in a state of disrepair for many years, despite being a main gateway to Warwick.
The corner of Wood and Wallace has been in a state of disrepair for many years, despite being a main gateway to Warwick. Kerri Burns-Taylor

SMASHED glass, graffiti, dirty mattresses and debris make up the first impressions of many visitors who travel to the Rose City.

The cnr of Wood and Wallace Sts is a highway-front property which is passed daily by visitors from Stanthorpe and New South Wales.

The former petrol station site has been empty for more than a decade and those who hold the key to its future remain tight-lipped on development.

The site seems to be a hot spot with vandals.
The site seems to be a hot spot with vandals.

The Daily News attempted to contact developer Tony Prentice about the property several times over the past week, however our calls were not returned.

Calls to Mayor Peter Blundell regarding his thoughts on the site and whether he was concerned about its state also went unanswered.

Southern Downs Regional Council director of planning Ken Harris said an application to turn the site into a bottle shop was approved by the council in July of 2009.

The application is current but its approval is also subject to conditions set out by Main Roads.

Although it is unclear why there are mattresses strewn across the property's floors, Warwick police officer in charge Stewart Day said if people were squatting, they were committing an offence.

"If people are in there without the consent of the owner that is trespassing," he said.

Tell us what you think about the state of this property. Phone Kerri on 4660 1315.

Topics:  graffiti, warwick




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