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Truck Stop Gets Approval To Expand

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Site supervisor Joel Corrie at the Liberty Oils truck stop construction site in Kingaroy on Wednesday afternoon … all going well, the new 24-hour facility is expected to open in December or January

June 14, 2018

A 24-hour truck stop being built for Liberty Oil Rural in Youngman Street, Kingaroy, will be bigger than first proposed after the Council agreed to vary the project’s development approval.

At Wednesday’s monthly meeting, council staff recommended a number of requested changes to the original development application be approved.

The project was given a go-ahead several months ago.

Councillors were told the developers now wanted to:

  • Expand the main service station building from 125sq m to 307sq m by including a formerly separate food outlet into it
  • Increase the number of fuel bowsers from seven to 14, including an extra heavy vehicle fuel bowser
  • Increase the fuel bowser canopy area from 388sq m to 582sq m
  • Increase the width of the Youngman Street crossover from 12m to almost 14m to accommodate B-Doubles
  • Increase car parking spaces from 10 to 13
  • Change two above-ground diesel fuel tanks to underground tanks
  • Reduce the site’s unmanned trading hours from 7:00pm-6:00am to 10:00pm-5:00am

Council staff said the project developers had also requested a number of other minor changes to their original approval based on the major changes they proposed, and believed these were acceptable.

But they recommended the developers install a leak monitoring system that will detect fuel leaks of 18 litres per day or higher and complies with Australian standards, in the interests of public safety.

Councillors agreed to the recommendations and approved the changes unanimously.

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Councillors also gave approval to mining company Sabre Resource Industries to build a gravel quarry at 1552 Manar Road, Boondooma.

Council staff said six submissions had been received from residents during the public notification period.

Most had expressed concerns about the effect heavy gravel trucks would have on the quality of Manar Road.

The staff recommended the development be approved subject to a range of conditions.

These included limiting the quarry’s hours of operation to 6:00am-6:00pm Mondays to Fridays and 8:00am-1:00pm on Saturdays.

Blasting activities would be limited to 9:00-5:00pm, Mondays to Fridays.

Sabre Resources would also be required to erect signs along the transport route to warn that quarry trucks use it, and lay a 4m width of fresh gravel along the portion of Manar Road used by its trucks.

Once tonnages exceeded 20,001 tonnes per annum for two consecutive years, the company would need to widen and resheet the road to six metres and expand the width of all its floodways.

And if tonnages exceeded 100,000 tonnes per annum over two consecutive years, the company would be required to widen Manar Road to 7m and lay down a bitumen seal.

Sabre Resources will be required to make the Manar Road upgrades before quarrying can begin.


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