Andrew Backhouse, 17 November 2015

LONG-SUFFERING residents of Westbrook are rejoicing that plans have been submitted for a petrol station and fast food restaurant in the suburb.

Currently the closest bowsers are in Drayton and Anzac Ave and late night cravings can only be sated by a drive to Toowoomba.

The development will be located at 81-83 Main St between Westbrook Tavern and SPAR Express.

The petrol station will include a fuel outlet with ancillary retail, a refuelling apron and four covered fuel dispensers.

The complex will also include a single food and drink outlet tenancy.

There is a provision for an associated drive-thru facility which will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The brand of the restaurant hasn’t been revealed.

Vehicle access will be from Main and Gore Sts.

Donna Brown from Westbrook Tavern said a petrol station was long overdue in Westbrook.

Travellers on the Gore Hwy regularly stop at the tavern and ask where the nearest service station is, only to be directed elsewhere

Ms Brown said staff often finished late and had to take detours to fill up their tanks.

“A service station in Westbrook would certainly assist the locals,” she said.

A fast food restaurant in the suburb was also a welcome development, according to Ms Brown.

“We’ve got a pizza place down here, but if you want anything late at night you have to drive to Toowoomba to the McDonald’s or Super Rooster.”

The fuel outlet component of the building will occupy a gross floor area of 200sq m and will include a cashier and customer service area, retail space, freezer, drinks cold-room, office and storeroom.

The refuse and services storage area and amenities will be shared with the adjoining food and drink outlet.

The food and drink outlet will occupy a gross floor area of 324sq m and include front of house and back of house components.

The proposed drive-through facility will operate in conjunction with the food and drink outlet.

The building will be one storey high and will have a maximum building height of five metres above ground level.

The site currently houses two detached dwellings which will be demolished to allow for the redevelopment of the site.

The plans were lodged with council on November 5.

Extracted in full from The Chronicle.