Katherine’s big new service station is starting to take shape.

The $7.2 million service station/restaurant is going up quickly in Katherine East.

Earthworks have finished on the Puma Energy service station on the corner of the Stuart Highway and Bicentennial Road, near the cultural centre.

Plans for the service station include a cafe with seating for 28 people.

There will be six toilets, a truckers lounge area with seating, laundry and showers.

Puma’s original development proposal wanted three long vehicle parking bays but the new proposal calls for five 53m long bays and an extra four bays for road trains.

“The addition of a rest stop with dining area and shower facilities along the Stuart Highway in Katherine will contribute positively to road safety in the Northern Territory and will help drives manage fatigue,” planning documents state.

“The service station will also provide for the needs of local Katherine residents, as well as other travellers along the Stuart Highway.”

The WA-based Mitie Construction won the contract to build the big new station.

Extracted from Katherine Times