Rose City gets ready to be developed

THERE'S a lot on the horizon for development in Warwick.

In particular, the expansion of Rose City Shopping-

world has been something everyone is willing to give their two cents on.

How many new jobs will there be, who will stay and who will go, will there be a Kmart? These are the hot topics in the lead up to the improved centre.

Of course, a $40 million upgrade to a shopping centre is a big deal that is bound to get customers talking but for me it has been more endearing to meet the smaller retailers and local business owners.

Keeping local businesses local is an important thing for many Australians, but in Warwick this attitude is especially evident.

It has been a great privilege getting to know some of the people behind Rose City's businesses as part of my job.

From hotel owners and hospitality workers to retailers, it has been amazing to hear their story of how they are making their dreams come true and serving a community they are proud to be a part of.

Meeting Sovereign Hotel owner Sarah Worth yesterday and hearing how she was willing to keep the old pub standing was a very humbling experience.

It's always wonderful to see the tenacity of business owners and the lengths they will go to keep their dreams from sinking.

Sophie Lester, reporter



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