Development Application Filed for Ampol Gas Station near Sturt Highway, East Wagga | The Daily Advertiser


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Wagga’s growing gas station stock could become even bigger, with plans filed for another fuel stop on the Sturt Highway. An Ampol service station has been proposed for the empty lot at 26 Houtman Street in East Wagga, which backs onto the busy thoroughfare. Plans include building a booster capable of powering eight cars at once as well as a 200 square meter convenience store. The company would be located just 500 meters from two other service stations and would be the 11th on the section of motorway that passes through Wagga. IN OTHER NEWS: Several new gas stations have opened in recent years across the city and another is currently under construction on Dobney Avenue. Paul Seaman, the owner of the Swift Service Center, admits he is perplexed by the number of competitors that have appeared. “There’s just an overabundance of gas stations and it feels like there’s a new one every year,” he said. “I don’t know what’s going on or what they’re preparing for.” The independent petrol station owner speculated the influx could be linked to the region’s rapid growth, but admitted he was not sure. Glenn Board is the owner of the Riverina Sharpening Centre, right next to the proposed business. He admitted he was a little surprised by the plans given the proximity to a BP truck stop and a United petrol station. “There’s already one 150 yards in that direction and another about 150 yards the other way,” Mr Board said. Mr Board welcomed the development, which he said would help fill an underutilized space. “It would be nice to see something go there rather than a big empty paddock,” he said. “It certainly won’t hurt my business.” The bid for the gas station comes as petrol prices are soaring across the world, with the cost of regular unleaded fuel in Wagga topping $2 this week. Mr Seaman said the additional competition brought by more petrol stations is unlikely to drive down local fuel costs, as many big brands stick to their prices regardless of nearby competitors. In 2019, a development application was approved to build $4 million of industrial warehouses on the land, but no work ever began. The 13,000 square meter land was later sold for $1.8 million in September 2021. Although the land is officially listed as 26 Houtman Street, it is suggested in the development application that the gas station will offer also vehicular access from the Sturt Highway. The proposed Ampol service station will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, employing two people throughout the week and one on weekends and nights. There will be parking for 11 vehicles on site, including a disabled space. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:



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