The plan of the proposed truck stop south of Proserpine on the Bruce Hwy.
The plan of the proposed truck stop south of Proserpine on the Bruce Hwy.

Bruce Hwy truck stop south of Proserpine planned

A WAY forward for a new fuel stop is a step closer to reality after a decision was made by the Whitsunday Regional Council on Wednesday.

A company on behalf of Crokers Fuel and Oil made an application for a material change of use to a parcel of land on the Bruce Hwy 1.3km south of Proserpine for a large-scale truck stop, restaurant and shop.

The change of use application passed unanimously.

Crokers Fuel and Oil general manager David Hindle said the decision by councillors on Wednesday was a positive sign for the development.

"Its been on the go for the last 12 months. We still have a few hurdles to jump but the project is going forward," he said.

The locally owned and run agent for Caltex could not confirm if a big-name national fuel supplier would come on board, but Mr Hindle did indicate the company was looking at attracting a major food franchise to offer a drive-through service.

Mr Hindle said the project would now move into the planning stage.

"Because Crokers is a local company, we will be looking at local contractors as much as we can," MrHindle said.

Deputy Mayor John Collins said the proposed truck stop was in a great position for traffic entering Proserpine from the south

"Anything that provides employment for the people of Prosperine is a boost for the whole town.

"Any development in this area is going to be a benefit to the whole town," CrCollins said.

The proposal includes an internal dining area, an outdoor area and children's play area.

The service centre will be a truck-friendly environment with a lounge, shower and laundry facility.

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