'Already got Aldi coming': Gladstone locals divided on Coles

WITH the constant ringing of jackhammers and slow moving grumble of bulldozers, you would think living only a stones throw away from the proposed site of the Coles development would be enough to turn you off the idea.

But Forest Springs resident Mae Paule said she was looking forward to the new supermarket before the council voted it down yesterday.

"When it comes to creating more competition the new Coles supermarket would have been a good thing," Mrs Paule said.

"It would have meant that everything would be more centralised and we wouldn't have to drive in to Stockland."

Potential sites for future developments in New Auckland.
Potential sites for future developments in New Auckland.

But having lived through the development of the Forest Springs Early Learning Centre, Mrs Paule said she was used to the sound of construction.

However, Jainell Kalme, who lives on Parkway Cr in Forest Springs, thought it was great the council decided against the development that would have happened on her doorstep.

"I'd like to see the employment but with so many businesses closing down it doesn't seem like the right time for it," Mrs Kalme said.

"We've already got an Aldi coming and the Woolworths at Kirkwood has everything there."

HAPPY SHOPPER: Alex Unsworth lives a short distance from the proposed site of the Coles development and doesn't think Gladstone needs anymore shops.
HAPPY SHOPPER: Alex Unsworth lives a short distance from the proposed site of the Coles development and doesn't think Gladstone needs anymore shops. Declan Cooley

With a mound of dirt where the Coles supermarket would have gone for a view, Curtis Island worker Alex Unsworth backed the council on its decision.

"I don't think Gladstone needs another Coles or Woolies," Mr Unsworth said.

"Gladstone isn't big enough at the moment and for me I can do all my shopping at the Woolworths."