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Division 2 councillor Gavin "Spud" Jones and South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell announcing the supermarket timeline at a public meeting in Blackbutt on Wednesday evening

February 16, 2017

Any doubts about the future of the Blackbutt Supermarket should have been swept away by South Burnett councillor Gavin “Spud” Jones when he spelt out a timeline for the project at a public meeting in Blackbutt on Wednesday night.

If all goes to plan – and Cr Jones emphasised he had only received this information on Wednesday afternoon, three hours before the public meeting – the Blackbutt Memorial Hall will be shifted to its new location and handed backed to Council from the developers on July 1 (see timeline below).

The new shopping centre would then be scheduled to open for trading on December 1, an announcement which brought applause from most of the audience present.

The supermarket, which is to be built on the site of the Blackbutt Memorial Hall, has been much anticipated by Blackbutt residents since the South Burnett Regional Council said in 2014 it would call for expressions of interest from developers.

In December 2015, then-Mayor Wayne Kratzmann suggested a supermarket could be trading on the hall site as early as June 2016 however a number of problems caused delays to this timeline, including issues related to the supermarket’s proposed location on a major highway.

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The supermarket project has not been without its controversies over the past three years, with some Blackbutt residents querying the wisdom of shifting the Memorial Hall and others questioning the contract process and delays.

Cr Jones told the meeting he wanted to defend himself.

“Throughout this whole ordeal, people have thought I was blocking this shopping centre,” he said.

“I’ve never been against it. All I have been trying to do is make sure that it was done properly.

“What I want you to understand is that before I was elected, this deal was done.

“I had no control over the contract, how it was done or what happened.

“All I am doing for you guys … is to make sure that the move is done properly. ”

Cr Jones said Council was now going to do the carpark and other infrastructure and the Community Council was helping with the gardens.

“This is why it has taken so long. If I had let the process go the way it was all going to unfold, you guys wouldn’t be here asking me these questions, you would be saying: ‘Why the hell did you stand back and let this happen?’,” Cr Jones said.

“It would have turned into an absolute mess.”

However, Cr Jones said that despite what some people think, the hall would become “an integral part” of the Blackbutt community in its new location.

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Hall Relocation & Supermarket Timeline

  • February 6-12 – Developer will submit all approvals, finalise reports, Ergon application etc
  • February 13-19 – Deliver hoardings and signage
  • February 20-26 – Start asbestos removal, house removal contractor will install sub-structure (preparations for removal)
  • February 27 – March 5 – Dismantle front entrance, brace internal wall, build false wall on verandah, place beams under kitchen and toilet sections
  • March 6-12 – Move small sections of the hall and make further preparations for the move of the main structure
  • March 13-19 – Move main section of hall and clean up site, dig out stumps, prepare for inspection and make it safe
  • March 21-26 – Move main section of hall to showgrounds
  • March 27 – April 2 – Start rejoining process
  • April 3-9 – Restump the hall
  • April 24 – May 1 – Join verandah and start reinstatement of toilets
  • May 1-7 – Repair damaged areas inside hall
  • May 8-14 – Build ramp and handrails, connect drainage and sewer
  • May 15-21 – Concrete ramp and finish
  • May 22-28 – Paint and clean
  • May 28 – June 2 – Inspection period
  • June 3 – June 30 – Defect rectification and final inspection
  • July 1 – Handover of the hall back to Council
  • August 1 – Start of construction of shopping centre
  • December 1 – Opening day of Blackbutt Shopping Centre

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One Response to December Date For Supermarket

  1. John Box

    Onya Cr Spud, well done. Hope the project runs according to plan with no major roadblocks. Although some rain would be good!!

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