TOP 10: Developments changing face of Warwick
WARWICK'S development industry remains undeterred by a year of hardships, with dozens of new projects set in motion throughout 2020.
Whether commercial, agricultural, or retail in nature, these developments promise to bring a jobs and economic boom to the Rose City and surrounds.
Here are the top 10 developments to watch out for in coming months:
MOBIL SERVICE STATION
Southern Downs Regional Council gave the controversial green light for a Mobil service station to be developed on the St Mary's Hall tennis courts earlier this year.
The approval will mean the two tennis courts, squash court, and four smaller buildings next to the heritage-listed site will be demolished to make way for Warwick's 10th service station.
Developers are yet to confirm when construction will begin.
WARWICK COMPOST FACILITY
The development for the Enwaste facility would see the Old Stanthorpe Rd site improve the "soil health" and "profitability" of the region.
Developer Darryl Wiggins told the Daily News the expansion would give residents and industries across the Southern Downs a "sustainable local option for dealing with their organic wastes".
CHANGES TO WARWICK SALEYARDS
The masterplan prepared by Wiley revealed the recommended option would provide a 24-hour veterinary service, new canteen and more, but would require up to a 15 per cent increase in fees.
Mayor Vic Pennisi said the final decision would be one with "a fair bit of emotion about out there" and indicated there was no other option, as the facility was nearing the end of its life.
ANOTHER SERVO COMING TO TOWN
Warwick is set to welcome more than one new service station to its ranks in the coming months, with another development approved in September.
The initial plans propose a petrol station, coffee shop, and workshop for the vacant 9 Alexandra Dr spot, with a 550 sqm showroom and additional workshop to be completed in a second phase.
The site between Jackie Howe Park and the Rose City Motel has been empty since the demolition of the previous service station.
RECYCLED WATER ESTATE
Southern Downs Regional Council's "Recycled Water for Warwick Industry" scheme, aimed at bolstering the region's water security, could be completed within months.
The $5 million project will include 5km of pipeline across Warwick, along with a 2ML recycled water tank and a pump station at the McEvoy St, with all to supply "Class A" recycled water to the Industrial Estate.
Funded by the Queensland Government's "Building our Region" program, the plan aims to remove the need for industry to draw on potable water supply.
An SDRC spokeswoman told the Daily News the upgrades will be completed by June 2021.
W ARWICK VELODROME UPGRADES PICK UP SPEED
The popular sports facility is in line for upgrades worth more than $200,000, which would see the track resealed and lighting system overhauled.
The project must be approved by the Department of Infrastructure before funding is finalised and works could begin.
A timeline has not yet been given.
INTEGRIA HEALTHCARE EXPANSION
In a show of growing confidence in Warwick's economic future, global corporation Integria Healthcare announced a $7 million expansion to the town's facility in February.
The plan would see the site become a fully integrated processing and packaging facility.
The project is estimated to be completed by the end of this year.
ROSE CITY SHOPPINGWORLD SHAKE-UP
With craft store Kaisercraft opening only last month, the popular Warwick shopping centre is set to welcome another two new retailers to their ranks.
It remains unconfirmed which store will fill the vacancy.
NEW SUPERCHEAP AUTO STORE
Store manager Andre Pukas told the Daily News the store is moving from its current spot at 20 Albion St due to their lease expiry date in January 2021.
The Albion St land was acquired by Brisbane investor John Kearney in 2017, part of the broader retail investment influx welcomed by Southern Downs Mayor Vic Penissi.
WARWICK SCHOOL UPGRADES
The development application stated the three-storey building will replace existing demountable buildings.
It is not known at this stage how much construction will cost or when it will begin.
This project is slated to bring up to 19 new local jobs while in construction.