ONE of the biggest truck stops between Gympie and Townsville will be built on the Bruce Hwy in Calliope, and residents are pleased with the extra choice.
Gladstone Regional Council approved the development for a "travel centre" that would include a service station, shop and three food premises, with one offering a drive-though service.
The travel centre, to be known as the Vallisvale Service Centre, will function as a major transport refuelling and rest area.
Mayor Gail Sellers said the travel centre would assist with driver fatigue management as it would provide an additional rest stop along the Bruce Hwy.
Cr Sellers said a convenience store, central food court area, outdoor food court and play area were also planned for the centre.
"Plenty of car parking spaces will be available with 60 car parks, 63 heavy vehicle spaces, 15 caravan spaces and four bus zones planned," she said.
The Observer's Facebook commenters agreed the area needed another rest stop.
Mark Aldworth wrote that it wasn't necessarily a drive through needed. "But yes to a 24-hour roadhouse so truckies can stop and have a shower and a feed and rest during their long trips," he wrote.
SnarlyJane Smith said they needed a drive-through convenience store "for just the essentials. It can be difficult to grab bread n milk with having to drag the lil ones in and out of the car just for a minute trip inside the shops," she wrote.
Lisa Newby agreed but also pointed out the obvious. "Another truck stop that close to the new one is a definite must!"
Puma's truck stop at the Calliope Crossroads is barely 5km away and only opened in January.
Cr Sellers said the site was not serviced by the council's water or sewer network and approval conditions required the applicant to undertake upgrades to the water network as part of the development.
It will be opposite the Calliope River Historical Village, at 7 Calliope River Rd, which will also benefit those on their way to Yarwun.
NEW TRUCK STOP
- Service station
- Three food premises with a drive-though
- Convenience store
- Central food court area
- Outdoor food court
- Play area
- 60 car parks
- 63 heavy vehicle spaces
- 15 caravan spaces
- 4 bus zones