These projects will bring new jobs

United Petroleum Nanango Station Manager Bali Sandhu said he'll need to hire new staff when work on the road house is finished.
United Petroleum Nanango Station Manager Bali Sandhu said he'll need to hire new staff when work on the road house is finished. Michael Nolan

CLOSE to a dozen new jobs will be created and new services made available after the South Burnett Regional Council approved three development applications.

A Kingaroy car dealership will expand, as will The United Petrol Station on Henry St in Nanango, which will a include a new roadhouse.

Station manager Bali Sandhu said it would be good for business.

"It will have food, coffee and everything in it," Mr Sandhu said.

Importantly, the development will include a new roof.

"At the moment it leaks when it rains so they put in an application to renovate it."

In Kingaroy, Liberty Oil will build a service station on Youngman St.

Liberty Oil will enter what is already a crowded market with Kingaroy currently stocked with six fuel stations.

But David Goldberger, Liberty Oil chief executive office, said they stood out from the crowd.

"We're building a service station and truckstop," he said.

The store will be one of the few stations stocking E10 fuel.

"We stock it everywhere, we're big supporters of it," Mr Goldberger said.

Finally, Ken Mills is only months away from starting construction on a new showroom and workshop at his River Rd, Kingaroy dealership.

"Our time-frame to have the work finished was initially September, but it'll be dependant on how quickly we get the the engineering and construction plans developed," Mr Mills said.

Some minor work will start in the coming days.

"We're talking early June before we can actually go full belt with construction, but if it can be quicker it will."

Mr Mills has started re-training staff in time for the new dealership opening and he'll start hiring in the coming months.

"In 12 months time our current staff numbers will have grown by about 11," he said.

Before the council voted to approve the applications Cr Terry Fleischfresser said they showed the promise of the region.

"This type of development is a good vote of confidence in the South Burnett, one is an established business that is expanding and the others are two new businesses," Cr Fleischfresser said.

"This is the input we need that is going to provide employment for young people."

Councillors voted unanimously to approve the three developments subject to minor conditions.

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