Workers give up wait for Gladstone's Stockland construction
WORKERS have given up waiting for Stockland to announce it will start work on the Kin Kora expansion.
For a year written statements from Stockland have carried the same message --- "the project is being finalised" --- leaving workers with hope that if they hold on, there will be jobs.
Electrician Joe Young, 24 is one of those workers and this month he gave up waiting.
After his partner was made redundant, the pair made the decision to pack up and leave town.
Next week Mr Young will move to the Gold Coast, a place other Gladstone electricians have headed in the hopes of finding work.
"There's just no work for me here," Mr Young said.
"You need money to keep going, so I need to get going."
LISTEN | Reporter Helen Spelitis explains how the continued delays have affected construction workers
It's been three years since the shopping centre upgrade was approved by the council, almost two years since the
company announced a start date, and a year and a half since that date passed.
The council tried to encourage Stockland to start the redevelopment and ease pressure on workers like Mr Young, coming off the LNG projects, by offering a $400,000 discount on infrastructure charges.
However that deal expired today and while Stockland insists it will still go through with the $150 million upgrade, the council says it hasn't taken up the discount offer.
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