MOORE Park Beach people have welcomed a proposed shopping complex which is expected to transform the area and attract new residents.
The shopping centre, to be built on the corner of Murdochs and Moore Park roads, will boast a Supa-IGA, hardware store and 10 specialty shops.
Construction is due to start before Christmas and the stores are expected to be open in September next year.
Moore Park Beach Community Association member Jenifer Carter said the development would be great for the community, who would no longer have to drive into Bundaberg for their shopping.
“I think the area is growing and there are more and more people coming to live here,” she said.
“Something like this is necessary.”
Ms Carter said older residents unable to drive would greatly benefit from the complex, whose specialty shops are expected to include a butcher, bakery, post office, video store, food outlets and a newsagent.
Residents Pat Walker, Harvey Carter and Chris Crowhurst also voiced their broad approval for the new shopping centre.
Mr Carter said any development in Moore Park Beach was welcome, and was “long overdue”.
Mrs Walker said she believed the area needed the facility, but feared some local businesses would be affected.
“I feel for the little mini supermarkets we have in town now,” she said.
Mrs Crowhurst said the IGA prices still had to be competitive with other supermarkets.
“If it’s as competitive with the IGA at north, I will shop here. But if it’s going to be a corner price I don’t think it will be much use,” she said.
Primo Property development manager Edward Masterson said plans for the site had recently been approved by council.
“We greatly believe in the area and think the inclusion of the shopping centre will put this town on the map,” Mr Masterson said.
He did not believe other local businesses would be hurt by the complex.
“I think our business will help the service station because people will be here and will stop there,” he said.