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Vans make way for Bunnings

Ex-Clinton Van Park residents Mark Rochford and Colleen and George Emerson start a new life.
Ex-Clinton Van Park residents Mark Rochford and Colleen and George Emerson start a new life.

By GLEN PORTEOUSglenp@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

THE caravans have gone and the residents may have moved on, but there is going to be no lull in activity at the former Clinton Van Park.

The sale of the land was finalised yesterday and work is set to begin on a massive Bunnings Warehouse today.

The site has been the centre of debate between developer, Parmac, and residents for some months, but the site is now cleared for development ? almost.

A sole resident has remained defiant despite offers by developers to assist with his relocation.

PARMAC director Paul McDer-mott yesterday said the company had offered the man, and other residents, assistance to relocate.

However the man decided not to accept the offer and has since been given notice to leave the premises.

Despite the standoff, builders are expected to move on to the site today to begin preparations for construction.

"Preliminary work is being done this week and work in earnest will begin next week,'' Mr McDermott said.

The first step was to set up the work area and start making preparations for the land to be cleared and made safe, he said.

"We have to put up fencing and get a site established for the developers and put in basic infrastructure for the workers.''

He said the building construc-tion project was earmarked for completion in late November with Bunnings moving in and setting up by Christmas.

"We plan to have the building finished and Bunnings overlapping with us during the final stages of construction,'' Mr McDermott said.

"This is going to be a very sizeable project and will be a great asset to the city,'' Mr McDermott said.



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