6 new things that are coming to Gladstone

1. Five new cruise ships in 2016

FIVE more cruise ships are coming to Gladstone this year.

The next cruise ship, Pacific Jewel, is due to dock in five days on March 20.

Gladstone is expecting to host passengers for a further six more cruise ships in 2017.

The cruise ships give a big boost to the Gladstone region's tourism industry, with passengers getting off the ship to take tours and visit sites.

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Arrival of the Pacific Dawn, Thursday, March 10, 2016. Photo Helen Spelitis / Gladstone Observer
Arrival of the Pacific Dawn, Thursday, March 10, 2016. Photo Helen Spelitis / Gladstone Observer Helen Spelitis

2. ALDI shopping centre

ALDI is due to start construction of a new shopping centre this month and plans to open by the end of the year.

The shopping centre has planned on opening a site in Gladstone for a long time now.

It settled the purchase of the property on January 22 this year.

But construction of the centre has had to overcome a number of set backs, as it complies with planning guidelines.

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An artist's impression of how the Aldi store at West Gladstone will look.
An artist's impression of how the Aldi store at West Gladstone will look. Gladstone Regional Council

3. Go-kart business

PROFESSIONAL kart racer Johnny Grother is opening a go-kart business in Gladstone this month.

He has already purchased 10 four stroke karts, which are worth $12,000 each. Plus, he's purchased karts that are suitable for children.

As part of the business, Mr Grother will also offer 15 minute session for $25.

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Johnny Grother has some fun on the track and has been busy coaching local junior drivers.
Johnny Grother has some fun on the track and has been busy coaching local junior drivers. photowagon.com.au

4. Stockland redevelopment

SHOPPING centre company Stockland announced last year that it would begin a $160 million re-development of their Kin Kora shopping centre by October 2015.  

But the project has since been pushed back.

Stockland haven't said when exactly they plan to begin construction, only saying plans are progressing, but there is no construction start date set just yet.

They said last year the development would see the shopping centre extended to 45,000sqm, with 160 store spaces.

The three-year, three-stage project would see a variety of new grocery and department stores and plenty of new restaurant and cafes.

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5. Bridge upgrades

FIVE timber bridges in the Gladstone region will receive a $40 million upgrade as part of a massive $500 million State Government infrastructure plan.

The bridges are a vital transport route for road trains travelling between Biloela and the Gladstone port.

It will save a lot of time for road train drivers. 

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TECH SAVVY: Calliope cattle farmer Will Wilson's iPad has become a vital business tool to use the app he developed and will showcase at Beef 2015. Photo Helen Spelitis / Gladstone Observer
TECH SAVVY: Calliope cattle farmer Will Wilson's iPad has become a vital business tool to use the app he developed and will showcase at Beef 2015. Photo Helen Spelitis / Gladstone Observer Helen Spelitis

6. New mental health centre

MENTAL health support service Headspace last month secured the site for a new mental health counselling centre in Gladstone.

The Goondoon St site is currently being fitted with seven counselling rooms, a group meeting area and offices.

As well as providing an important service for youth and people of all ages with mental health, and drug and alcohol problems, it's expected to bring more jobs to Gladstone.

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Roseberry Community Services headspace centre manager Lois Auld, general manager Colleen Tribe and youth reference group coordinator Montana Connors at the site that will be used for Headspace. Photo Tegan Annett / The Observer
Roseberry Community Services headspace centre manager Lois Auld, general manager Colleen Tribe and youth reference group coordinator Montana Connors at the site that will be used for Headspace. Photo Tegan Annett / The Observer Tegan Annett


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