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Development Application Approved for the Moree Gateway

Moree Plains Shire Council has approved the development application of Puma Energy for the construction of a combined service station and truck stop at the Moree Gateway. The proposed development will provide a modern purpose-built large scale facility to serve the needs of the interstate trucking community.

Given Council’s ownership of the Moree Gateway site, a full external assessment of the development application was undertaken by Mitchel Hanlon Consulting and recommendations made to Councillors at an Extraordinary Council Meeting on Thursday 20 August 2015.

Mayor, Cr Katrina Humphries said “I am delighted that this development application has been approved and look forward to construction on the site commencing shortly. This is a significant milestone for this project and for our Shire.”

“This investment is a great endorsement of Council’s vision to proceed with the Moree Gateway and we anticipate more investor announcements in the near future.”

Moree Plains is strategically positioning itself as a regional transport centre through a number of initiatives including its key involvement in the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Alliance. The Moree Gateway is another such initiative, designed to stimulate economic growth, create new jobs and ensure the future prosperity of the Moree Plains Shire.

Development of this particular use within the Moree Gateway highlights Moree Plains Shire as an integral and growing regional transport hub, given its strategic location, importance in Australia’s agricultural sector and the significant freight volumes generated by, and passing through, the Shire. It is anticipated that this cornerstone development will attract further commercial interests both at the Moree Gateway and within the Shire more generally.