New servo to open late this year
A NEW $15 million 24-hour Caltex Service Station at Chinderah catering to north bound traffic is expected to be completed by as early as late this year.
Work got underway on the station, adjacent to Melaleuca Station Crematorium, in January.
The project is owned and being developed by Gold-Coast based retail property development company Scott PDI.
Managing director David Scott said at the latest, the service station would be operational by early 2017, with recent wet weather slowing down the roadworks phase of construction.
It will include two drive-through take-away outlets including a McDonald’s, truckers lounge, and children’s play facilities in the outdoor eating area.
It will have frontages to the Pacific Highway and Tweed Valley Way, about 2.8 kilometres south west of Chinderah Village.
Mr Scott said the second take-away outlet was yet to be locked in.
“We’re very excited that it’s finally underway,” he said.
“I think that a lot of people in the area are looking forward to it.”
Mr Scott said the station would be the only such north bound stop between the Tweed and Grafton.
“This fills a significant gap in the north bound Pacific Highway travel network.”
The project is expected to generate 95 equivalent full time jobs during the construction phase of the development;
Once complete it is projected to have 212 operational jobs comprising 46 full time employees, 78 part time employees and 88 casual employees.
The project’s development application, which was approved in April last year, says the project is expected to have an “economic multiplier effect for the local wider economy of up to $150 million” and an additional 80 jobs.
The new station will complement the existing centre at Chinderah, which caters for southbound traffic.
The project had the support of all levels of government who believed there was a demonstrated need for the centre as part of highway traffic planning to assist with driver fatigue and road safety.
The need for another service centre at Ballina has also been identified.