With all business eyes on the post bypass future, here is one piece of infrastructure, which Nambucca Shire’s Manager Business Development, Wayne Lowe, believes gives cause for optimism.
The $12 million Nambucca Heads Travel Centre is taking shape where not so long ago a car park was planned.
Now the facility, owned by BP, is rising from the rubble and will soon be ready to offer jobs to an estimated 100 shire residents.
In fact the ‘rubble’, or hard fill, from the site is being trucked to the nearby Nambucca Heads Industrial Estate where it is used to build up sites for future businesses. In return, top soil removed from the council’s site will be used at the travel centre.
Mr Lowe said McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Boost Juice and a BP Carvery were the four franchises opening in the centre plus a petrol station, which will be 24 hours/day seven days/week.
“There will be images of the Nambucca Shire on the walls and a brochure stand for visitors,” Mr Lowe said.
“The council opted not to take up the offer of floor space in the centre as it required a 10 year commitment.”
Nambucca Shire Council is due to discuss the future of the Visitor Information Centre again this month – it’s fate was put on hold in November last year prior to the busy summer period.