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Central Highlands Regional Council approves new Metro Petroleum service station on Capricorn Highway at Blackwater

More than 60 jobs are expected to be created during construction, with fuel prices expected to drop through increased competition.

Blackwater’s main road is turning into the “Golden Mile for fuel distribution” according to Central Highlands region Mayor Kerry Hayes, following the approval of a new service station in the mining community.

Brisbane Prestige Property Developments has been approved to construct a new servo at 2 Bluff Street, Blackwater, on the corner of the Capricorn Highway.

Based off the proposal plans, it’s understood the service station may be a new location for Metro Petroleum, an independent network with more than 200 outlets across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

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According to council, the project will contribute to progressing development in the Central Highlands region and create additional job opportunities for locals.

About 60 jobs are expected to be created during construction, as well as an estimated six direct jobs during operation and 16 indirect jobs for maintenance and upkeep.

It was also suggested by council the increased competition in the community could lower fuel prices.

The site is located on a vacant lot of land, fronting the Capricorn Highway, joining an already established Shell servo and Caltex servo on either site.

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According to the proposed plans, the development will include a single storey building, a fuel dispensing area, 10 car parks and an alfresco dining area fronting Bluff Street.

The area is also expected to be landscaped with a planting schedule of native species that will assist in softening, screening and greening the site.

Deep planting will be provided in numerous consolidated areas across the site and space will be provided to enable planting of a large feature tree that at maturity will be complementary in scale and height to the building form and will provide shade and informal recreation spaces, the proposal states.

Council approved the development application on April 28.

Extracted from Courier Mail