Mt Sheridan Plaza Opening: A long time coming – here at last!!!

Comments by Rob Pyne:

It has been great to watch the development of Mt Sheridan Plaza into what I believe will be not only a successful shopping centre but also a valuable community meeting place.

As part of the Shier council I had the opportunity to support the final Development Approval for the Plaza and, as a Councillor on the Manning Council, I look forward to attending the opening.

Some shoppiong centres look as if they have been ‘plunked’ into an existying commercial or residential area with little forethought. This is definitely not the case with Mt Sheridan Plaza.

Considerable planning has gone to deliver a facility that does not detract from the amenity of nearby residents. Planners have also considered at length the impact of traffic movements and pedestrian and cycle access to the Plaza and I am confident upon the opening everything will come together to create a great outcome for the owner, tenants and, of course, the customer!

K-Mart almost finished @ Mt Sheridan Plaza!


Great to see the new gardens and landscaping going in down at Mt Sheridan Plaza! I know people are looking forward to the K-Mart Opening in just a fortnight’s time!!!

Redeveloped Mt Sheridan Plaza to be a dining destination!

Nick Dalton, Wednesday, May 9, 2012 © The Cairns Post

RESIDENTS south of Cairns will get their own dining precinct as part of the $50 million redevelopment of Mt Sheridan Plaza shopping centre.

Upgrade: There will be a fast-food and restaurant area at Mt Sheridan Plaza. Cairns Post
Upgrade: There will be a fast-food and restaurant area at Mt Sheridan Plaza. Cairns Post

The Green Group has released details of the “The Boulevard”, a new fast-food and restaurant dining “destination”.

Owner-developer Shaun Green said the precinct would be part of the centre’s redevelopment and had been designed to meet the needs of the market.

“At present, south Cairns suffers from a lack of dedicated dining areas,” he said.

“If customers want a variety of dining/takeaway options they really need to visit the city.

“This is crazy given the huge population of the surrounding area and its high residential growth rate.”

Mr Green said The Boulevard would complement existing dining outlets at The Rock Tavern, Red Rooster and Hungry Jacks.

He said the precinct had external access to cater for late-night diners. There would be seven outlets, including an a la carte restaurant, Chinese, Indian, pizza and pasta, Mr Green said.

The precinct would offer alfresco dining with protection from the weather.

Mr Green said The Boulevard would be located opposite the tavern and near the other existing food retailers.

The shopping centre expansion has passed the half-way stage and will include a new Kmart store, full-line Woolworths and a 300-seat food court.

It is due to open in August.

Workers walk out as 40-tonne crane falls in Cairns!

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Daniel Strudwick, Thursday, January 12, 2012 © The Cairns Post

ANOTHER near miss on a construction site at Mt Sheridan has reignited the concerns of union bosses who say the worksite is a “tragedy waiting to happen”.

A 40-tonne crane crashed to the ground only metres from construction workers at the site of the $50 million Mt Sheridan Plaza redevelopment yesterday morning.

It is the second time Workplace Health and Safety officers have investigated an accident at the site, after a man was taken to hospital in June, 2011, after falling from a concrete slab.

No one was hurt when the crane fell, but workers downed tools until inspectors gave the all-clear to principal contractors, Broad Construction.

Electrical Trades Union organiser Stuart Traill said the Mt Sheridan site was the worst he had seen during his four years as a union official, and workers were fed up with the poor safety standards.

He said an audit of the site before Christmas had found serious breaches of the state’s safety legislation.

“It seems every time we go there, there’s another safety issue and it’s not until we turn up that Broad takes it seriously,” Mr Traill said.

“They’re cutting corners in the name of getting the job done quickly.”

Broad Queensland’s general manager John McCann said an “exclusion zone” was immediately set up around the crane and workers were now able to return to the site.

But Mr Traill criticised the company for taking almost an hour to close the site after the crane fell about 8am.

He said tradies were initially told to keep working around the fallen crane.

“The workers are fed up with it,” he said.

“They fear for their safety, but given that it’s one of the only construction jobs around, they stay there because they need the work.”

The union said it would continue to focus its attention on the Mt Sheridan Plaza worksite until construction was over.