Southern Downs MP James Lister with SDRC mayor Tracy Dobie.
Southern Downs MP James Lister with SDRC mayor Tracy Dobie. Kim Micke

Influential figures of Warwick look ahead to 2018

JAMES LISTER - Southern Downs MP

I PROMISED all along I would be out on the road, going to people, meeting them, and being a part of the community as much as possible.

Now I have parliamentary commitments, I'm looking forward to representing the needs and expectations of the people of the Southern Downs, and functioning as a member of parliament as opposed to a candidate.

In particular, I have set myself the goal of the Accommodation Creek bridge and an Eight-Mile overpass funded by government in the forward estimates, so projects can be committed to for four or fives years in future.

Even though my party isn't in government, I will work constructively to convince the government to fund those worthwhile infrastructure projects for the Southern Downs.

Warwick Chamber of Commerce president Julia Keogh and co-vice president Lyn Prowse-Bishop.
Warwick Chamber of Commerce president Julia Keogh and co-vice president Lyn Prowse-Bishop. Sophie Lester

JULIA KEOGH - Warwick Chamber of Commerce president

WHAT is most exciting in relation to what's up ahead is the finalisation of the extension of Rose City Shoppingworld.

When Coles and the specialty shops are operational, it will draw a lot of people from outlying regions.

Major constructions in town, such as the development of the Churches of Christ in August or September, is quite exciting, and significant in the quality of retirement and nursing provisions they can provide.

There is a lot of energy in all of the sectors, whether you're talking to primary producers through to young parents just starting out on a new business venture.

It is a positive time to be here, and 2018 is going to be a bumper year.

Rose City Shoppingworld marketing manager Louise de Lissa and Lucy Read.
Rose City Shoppingworld marketing manager Louise de Lissa and Lucy Read. Kerri Burns-Taylor

LOUISE DE LISSA - Rose City Shoppingworld marketing manager

WE'RE planning for the Coles opening, which is tipped to be in March.

Having two supermarkets will give a lot more viability, and it gives us the chance to bring back some customers who may have been shopping elsewhere.

The bread factory will open next to the fruit shop, helping to keep in line with the fresh food offer we have going on.

The addition to the carpark will bring in 160 more parking spots.

We're excited about being able to finish re-developments, including the travelator, lift and entrance, and not having any distractions.

We had a good Christmas trading period and hope that continues.



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