Vanessa and Gabe Schnitzerling are opening their family business in Warwick this Thursday.
Vanessa and Gabe Schnitzerling are opening their family business in Warwick this Thursday. Jenna Cairney

Changes to local business landscape

WARWICK’S latest drive-through, which opens this Thursday, will provide at least 19 jobs and place an emphasis on all things local.

The Schnitzerlings’ family bakery business has been running for 20 years encompassing three generations.

It began in Stanthorpe, before expanding to Tenterfield and now to Warwick, at the old KFC site on Wood St.

The name, Warwick’s Famous Pies, may seem ambitious but having racked up an array of prizes (most recently best apple pie in Queensland) 24-year-old Vanessa Schnitzerling said she was confident that’s what the store would quickly become.

Vanessa was an apprentice chef in Brisbane and after the family decided to take the plunge and open the Rose City store she offered to take the reins.

With three bakeries in Stanthorpe, the Schnitzerlings are well-known faces in the Granite Belt and Vanessa’s mum Gabe said she was hoping they could settle into Warwick in a similar way.

The family takes a local approach to sourcing their produce.

They buy local fruit and vegies, Carey Brothers meat and even the rustic, wooden tables were made in Leyburn.

“We are hoping we will be welcomed in Warwick,” Gabe said.

In other business news, a lease has now been signed on the Glennie Building, formerly the Seafood Inn, on Albion St.

It is understood the building’s use will change considerably from a restaurant to an office-type building for a local support service.

In two to three months the new tenants should be moved in and open for business.

Next door at the former antiques shop a refit has started, although it is unknown who the new tenants will be.

Recently developed Fitzroy Place has welcomed its newest tenant and The Podiatrist’s official opening was held on Friday night.

There is still a vacant premises in the block up for grabs.

On the corner of Wood and Wallace Sts the old servo continues to look more rundown each week.

Owner Tony Prentice said plans are progressing for the new bottle-o to go in there but is yet to disclose full details.

Richard Thew, who deals with the commercial properties for Harcourts Rural, this weekend hinted he may have one or two big projects in the pipeline.

Although he was scarce on details, he said he hoped for at least one big announcement regarding a “substantial” business venture in coming weeks.

On the planning front, at this week’s round of committee meetings, an application for a quarry near Leslie Dam will be recommended for refusal.

Applicants previously requested an extension on the timeframe for the decision three months ago to provide further information in the hope they could convince council to back the plan.

The applicants said they would introduce environmental impact mitigation measures, including providing two sediment ponds on the east and south sides of the operational site to prevent any stormwater run-off to the nearby Sandy Creek; increasing the vegetation buffers along the northern and western property boundary from 50m to 100m and 200m to minimise the noise, dust and visual impacts and wetting down areas where the dust is rising.

Despite this additional information, council officers still say the Pink Gum Lane application for High Impact Industry (extraction of gravel, less that 5000t a year) should not go ahead.

They say, due to the location and nature of the proposed operation, and inadequate separation distances to nearby sensitive places (ie nearby residences), it is likely that the proposed development would create noise, vibration and dust nuisance.

Councillors will have the chance to discuss the application at this week’s committee meetings and vote in favour or against the recommendation before a final decision will be made at the general meeting.



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