Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers says 2013 will be an exciting year of development and opportunity for the region.
Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers says 2013 will be an exciting year of development and opportunity for the region. Chris Chan

Major retailers tipped to announce arrival in Gladstone

THERE will be good news on the retail front in Gladstone this year with major commercial outlets set to announce their imminent arrival in Gladstone, according to Mayor Gail Sellers.

Outlining her projections for 2013, Cr Sellers said Gladstone was the region of choice, and an increased variety of shopping options, coupled with the resulting competition for the consumer dollar, was a key component in providing residents with the lifestyle they desired.

Cr Sellers sees 2013 as being an exciting year of development and opportunity for the region.

She said the region would continue its rapid economic growth in the new year, bringing many benefits to residents in addition to inevitable challenges.

"It will be a busy year for the council given its involvement in many major infrastructure projects required to keep the region moving forward," Cr Sellers said.

"The council will push hard next year for State and Federal Government assistance to hasten the progress of the proposed Philip St Communities Precinct - a much-needed human and social services project for the region.

"Restoration work on flood-damaged roads will continue in 2013, ensuring the high standard road network required to cater for the region's increased traffic volumes."

It will be a big year for sport, with work progressing on multi-million dollar developments in Gladstone, Calliope, Boyne Island and Tannum Sands as the council caters for the growing player participation rates throughout the region.

On the cultural front, 2013 will be great with the opening of the expanded Gladstone Entertainment Centre and the launch of the Gladstone Epic, an event supported by the Queensland Music Festival.

"The entertainment centre expansion will enable Gladstone to host larger and more sophisticated productions, conferences and events than has previously been possible," Cr Sellers said.



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