Woolies fuel for Bargara
BARGARA is on the road to 24-hour opening, with an application by Woolworths to build a new service station in the town.
If approved, the station would be the first 24-hour business in the coastal area – and residents and shop owners have mixed feelings about the proposal.
Bargara woman Elaine Collett said she would love to see a 24/7 service station.
“It would be fabulous,” she said.
“We really need a decent service station here.”
But bookshop owner John St-Cyr said he did not think Bargara was ready for a second service station.
“I can't imagine it would be of any use,” he said.
“There isn't enough patronage for it.”
Mr St-Cyr expressed his concern for the Liberty fuel station already in Bargara.
“It'll close it down,” he said.
“But what can you do? You can't stop progress.”
The application is for a six-pump service station on the south-eastern corner of the Bargara Central shopping complex.
It would include a shop with a 40sq m retail floor space with three bowsers.
The application indicated the station had been incorporated into the initial design of the centre, meaning only three car parks would be removed to accommodate the service station.
Sanshells Boutique Bargara Beach partner Sandra Kemps said she did not think the town had a need for another service station.
“Not at the moment anyway,” she said.
“I'm all for the small businesses down here.”
While most business owners said they were not ready for a second station, many residents said the opposite, welcoming the prospect of a service station that would open 24 hours.
Bundaberg regional councillor Ross Sommerfeld said while the council had not yet discussed the application, the proposal had the ability to attract new residents to the region.
He said the council would discuss the need for the station, the effect of lights on the turtles and the impact on other businesses.