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Calliope Tavern Construction to Start in 6 Months

TENDERS have gone out for groundworks for the new $3 million Calliope tavern.

It will be another six months before construction begins, but Bundaberg publican Simon Thompson is confident his new venture will serve the town well.

The project was approved by Gladstone Regional Council 12 months ago, but further information about construction and social impact management was agreed on in December.

Mr Thompson said the planning changes related to the surrounding footpaths.

“The tavern layout is exactly the same,” he said.

“We were agreeing on how to do the walking path between the IGA and the council building, and we need to provide space for a footpath on the Dawson Hwy side.”

The tavern will feature a bottle shop, bistro, gaming lounge, children’s playground and outdoor dining area.

The development will also feature a pedestrian ‘spine’ that incorporates a theme of the history of Calliope.

Mr Thompson said he was looking forward to getting ownership of the block.

“It’s still in the developer’s hands who we’re buying the block from,” he said.

“The operational works have been put out to tender, to level the block, put water and power and those things that will make it ready to build on in the second part of the year.”

Despite opposition from publicans and an 800-strong petition against the plans during the approval process, Mr Thompson said he had had positive feedback from residents in the area.

“The opposition was mostly the other providers, but we’ve had calls from other community members who are pleased,” he said.

“I think it will be a fantastic thing for that town.

“I’ve been up a couple of times and I think it’s really needed.”

The development would be the fifth licensed venue in the area, which has a population of 5634 people.

Gladstone Observer, 9th Feb 2015

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