City needs more cafes to make most of coastal location
THERE is a gaping hole in the Gladstone region for cafes and other businesses which capitalise on our seaside location.
As the population balloons, food service businesses have shut down rather than grown.
The Tannum Sands Surf Club refurbished its premises and manager Marisa Kent said it wouild expand its hours on November 21 to help fill this gap.
"There's nothing," she said.
"You've got the Coffee Club and you're sitting in the car park.
"The town is going backwards. You know, 20-odd years ago we had a couple of restaurants.
"We had the BITS club, we had Tannum Tables and Breezes and now we have none of it. We have the pub, that's about it. I think the opportunity is there."
The surf club is in an ideal position along Millennium Esplanade, but councillor Maxine Brushe said the council had no plans to develop the area for commercial enterprise.
"The (club) received a lease from council a long time ago and it is an appropriate business to be on the beach," she said.
"There is always opportunity for retail establishments to set up adjacent to those areas.
"Certainly the waterfront area should always remain in public ownership in my opinion."
Cr Brushe said previous Gladstone mayor Peter Corones always talked about the "cappuccinerisation" of Gladstone.
"And that included businesses all the way down the main street, flowing down into the waterfront area," she said.
"It hasn't yet materialised."
Gladstone Ports Corporation's Gladstone Marina provides outdoor spaces for the community to gather, but a striking oversight seems to be no allotment for commercial businesses to capitalise on the waterfront view.
Gladstone Ports Corporation was contacted for comment but was unable to respond before deadline yesterday.
Cr Brushe advised enterprising locals to contact the council.
"Any opportunity we have to talk to people who are interested in that sort of thing, we would grab with both hands," Cr Brushe said.
"There is a shortage of commercial land in Boyne/Tannum, and that has been one of the issues."
Do you think there needs to be more cafes on waterfront locations in Gladstone?
This poll ended on 16 November 2012.
Yes, it’s a missed opportunity.
No, we’re fine as we are.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.