A NEW service station being built in Leongatha and another proposed for Inverloch will bring “competitively priced fuels” to the region, according to the company behind both projects, United Petroleum.
The company is building a new service station in Anderson Street, Leongatha, due to open in May. Last week, United Petroleum announced a proposal to build a service station in Inverloch, on the corner of Bass Highway and Inverloch-Kongwak Road.
The company’s statement said of the Inverloch plan, “Positioned at the gateway to the town on the roundabout intersection of the Bass Hwy and Inverloch-Kongwak Road, United Petroleum will offer the community all fuel types, convenience restaurant facilities, a Pie Face outlet, truck, bus, caravan and boat parking facilities. 
The layout provides generous sized facilities, ample parking, pedestrian and vehicle safety with a separate truck canopy.”
The company applied to Bass Coast Shire Council for a permit in August 2018 and this is expected to be advertised shortly.
“This multi-million dollar investment is set to create 80 to 100 construction jobs ranging from sub-contractors to professional services,” a spokesperson said.
“Ongoing jobs will be created in the transport logistics, retail and maintenance areas. The service station will have five to 10 permanent staff.”
A Bass Coast Shire council spokesperson said, “This planning permit application proposes to use and develop the land at 1305 Inverloch-Kongwak Road, Inverloch with a service station.
“Residential development north of the Bass Highway cannot be considered because this land is not within the township boundaries defined in the Bass Coast Planning Scheme.
“The Bass Coast Planning Scheme allows an application for a service station to be made on land located in the Farming Zone. The application will be considered on its merits against all provision within the planning scheme, including its location outside the defined settlement.”
News of the Inverloch service station attracted a mix of reactions on The Star’s Facebook page:
• Kristy Norton: “Dare I say it, a bit of an eye sore for our beautiful little tourist town. It sounds enormous!”;
• Leonie Savage: “Awesome and can’t wait for the one in Leongatha to open as well”; and
• Kylie McGregor: “Awesome. Won’t have to make it to Tooradin all the time for city trips”.

Extracted from The Star