Business

'We want life back in the mall'

GET IT RIGHT: Ipswich City Mall Newsagents owner Pauline Williamson wants to see the redevelopment of Ipswich City Square succeed.
GET IT RIGHT: Ipswich City Mall Newsagents owner Pauline Williamson wants to see the redevelopment of Ipswich City Square succeed. Rob Williams

PAULINE Williamson admits she will be dancing with joy when she sees work start on the $150 million Ipswich City Square redevelopment.

Ms Williamson has owned Ipswich City Mall Newsagents for two years and is one of many Ipswich Mall business owners getting ready for D-day, when works start in the second half of this year.

But as she waits for that day she admits to a mixture of optimism and trepidation.

"I'll be so happy when I see that shovel go in the ground," Ms Williamson said.

"I will be dancing in the window.

"The sooner the better as far as I am concerned.

"The community wants it fixed up. They want to see it back to life. They say all the time 'it used to be a hive of activity and now look at it'.

"Now they have got it in their heads that the whole place is being demolished, but I try and get through to them that it will be done in sections."

Ms Williamson likes several aspects of the council's plan.

She said moving the library to the CBD was "a major plus" and would increase foot traffic.

"It will be better for older people too because it is a bit of a trek up the hill (to the current location)," she said.

While she welcomed the plan to have cafes and restaurants in the precinct, which she said would "breathe life" into the mall, she said the right mix of businesses was vital.

"Losing Woolworths was a major blow because it was so handy for people," she said.

Workers at knock-off time and people who use public transport would get what they needed and circulate in her business and buy magazines or a Lotto ticket.

"So I still think we need some department stores or maybe a supermarket," she said.

"Not everyone wants to go to Riverlink."

When the work starts, all Ms Williamson wants is for it to be done strategically so it does not impact businesses unduly.

"Hopefully they don't block us in too much.

"They tell me that what we will lose in footpath traffic we will pick up with tradesmen, but I don't know about that.

"If they can complete one end first and progressively work their way through that will really help."

One shining point that came through talking to Ms Williamson was that she wanted the redevelopment to work.

She knows there will be some short-term pain.

The QT spent time in the newsagency yesterday morning and Ms Williamson's customers were all salt of the earth Ipswich people.

She has experienced tragedy on a personal level and hardships with her business, but she has no intention of moving.

"It is either do or die. I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't," she said.

"My husband bought this business and had multiple strokes three days into it, so I had to learn in a big hurry how to run it.

"So it has been a bit of a trial from day one."

"But most of my customers are absolutely wonderful - good community minded people.

"I had a tragedy last year when I lost my son and all these people who were strangers to me two years ago were coming in giving me hugs and kisses and all sorts of things.

"It has restored my faith in human nature. At the end of the day I am saying that I don't want to leave here.

"I don't want to move. I love Ipswich and I love the CBD and the old aspects of it, with its charm and character.

"This place can be revived. They just need to put something into it and bring the CBD back to its former glory."

Topics:  ipswich ipswich city square ipswich mall redevelopment pauline williamson



Date nights under $50

ACCORDING to The Bachelor falling in love involves helicopter rides, private jets, shopping trips, and we mustn’t forget the hot tubs.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Six reasons to get to Brisbane this Autumn

The Brisbane Powerhouse has free comedy on Friday nights.

AUTUMN has to be up there with one of the best seasons of the year.

The best things to do in Brisbane are FREE. Yes, FREE

Mt Coot-tha is a seriously gorgeous way to start your day.

HEADING to the big smoke doesn’t have to come with a big price tag.

Get in early to catch a bargain

LIFE LESSONS: (From left) Bruce McTaggart, Lex Brackin and Mark Fowler shared the excitement of the sale with students.

Students and bargain hunters stop by the pig and calf sale

Late night party pooper slapped with $800 fine

LIGHTS OFF: Man convicted of trespassing after switching off power to a house in Clifton.

27-year-old convicted for trespassing

Warwick pumped for petrol station expansion

SET TO GROW: Southern Downs Regional Council have approved an application by Liberty Oil to change the current unmanned diesel station to a commercial petrol station.

Service station rebuild to increase activity at Wood St business

Local Partners

Game of Thrones drops new trailer for season 7

GAME of Thrones fans are finally getting a full-throttled peak at the smash-hit show’s upcoming seventh season — after a brutal 11-month wait.

How true-blue train driver became a TV star

Bernie Baker stars in the TV series Railroad Australia.

Fan reactions still surprise Bernie Baker.

Conviction for Snapchat body shaming of elderly woman

Dani Mathers was arrested after snapping a photo of a naked, elderly woman in a US gym and posting it on social media. Picture: Supplied

Model convicted for secretly snapping and posting a naked gym pic

What's on the big screen this week

 Kaya Scodelario and Johnny Depp in a scene from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

JACK Sparrow faces an old foe and Sam Worthington stars in The Shack

Rebel Wilson says she didn’t have to lie to make it

Rebel Wilson fronts the media on day two of her trial.

I'm not glamorous, but that doesn’t make me a liar

All bets on Judah to win battle to become the Voice

Judah Kelly from The Voice.

Judah Kelly is the clear favourite to win the competition.

Kim Kardashian slammed over Manchester tribute

Kim Kardashian's tribute to Manchester didn't go down well

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!