An artist's impression of the redevelopment of Stockland Gladstone shopping centre's western side.
An artist's impression of the redevelopment of Stockland Gladstone shopping centre's western side. Contributed

Council refuses to back down over bid to cut taxi bays

GLADSTONE Regional Council is still fighting with shopping centre giant Stockland over parking spaces at its West Mall redevelopment - this time for taxis.

Council has refused to back down over Stockland's bid to cut taxi bays to just four at the Dawson Hwy centre, insisting six are needed.

In an application for a raft of development approval changes, Stockland said Gladstone's taxi shortage meant four would be plenty.

But council had already let the $150 million development have just 1266 car spaces - 816 less than required by GRC planning guidelines.

"(The) significant shortfall in car spaces has been in part justified by access to public transport," council's response said. "The provision of a suitably sized taxi rank is paramount to ensuring adequate access to the site."

Stockland also tried to dodge a requirement to build a bus shelter - but council said once the Kin Kora round- about was upgraded, the "logical route" for a bus would be through the centre car park.



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