Hungry Jack's opening delayed until January
HUNGRY Jack's announced its intent to open the new Brassall restaurant this week, but that has been postponed to at least early 2017 with the company yet to meet seven outstanding conditions of the development approval.
There are public safety and community access issues the company must resolve.
As the site is on a state-controlled road , Hungry Jack's need to obtain the appropriate Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) permits to operate within the state-controlled road corridor.
This week Hungry Jack's marketing manager Rachel Korbel told the QT the Brassall restaurant would open by week's end.
As of yesterday the developer was yet to obtain appropriate permits.
The QT has been told the conditions Hungry Jack's are yet to fulfil include the following:
Outstanding planning requirements and certifications from contractors regarding water connections, sewerage and telecommunications.
Wheelchair access from any roadway to all parts of the development has not been achieved.
Dedicated pedestrian access has not been provided.
The disturbed verge is not satisfactory .
There is not a building works approval issued.
There isn't a traffic management plan in place or approved by Main Roads.
The site is on two lots and needs to be on one. The company still has to lodge an application to the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, which closes for Christmas on Monday.
Parents from Brassall State School were upset earlier because Hungry Jack's had closed the footpath and forced young children to cross the road unaided during peak school time.
This area is under state control and it was highlighted to the staff at DTMR that they did not have the relevant permits to operate in this corridor.
While DTMR did not attend the site, Ipswich City Council made the company put in interim access to make sure the children were not forced onto the road.
The council has sent a letter to the company highlighting the conditions that they are yet to comply with.
Cr Cheryl Bromage said she wanted "to make sure it is safe for the community to access the site".
"Some of the issues we had the last week of school were that parents and students couldn't walk on the footpath to get to school because they had blocked it and dug it up," she said.
"Still now there is no connection through so they are directing people through their car park.
"This is a community issue regarding access points and making sure the road functions correctly.
"There are other community issues because people thought they were starting work last Friday, so their jobs are in limbo at the moment as well. There seems to be a disconnect between what is happening on site and what the marketing manager of Hungry Jack's thinks is happening."
Ipswich West MP Jim Madden said that DTMR had inspected the site yesterday "but certain conditions have still not been complied with".
"This is one of the busiest intersections in my electorate on Hunter St and Pine Mountain Rd and this construction site is potentially a big disruption," Mr Madden said.
"It is very important traffic management plans are complied with and it seems there have been breaches.
"I want the construction finished as soon as possible - to stop the disruption and to create jobs."
A spokesperson for Hungry Jack's confirmed the project was now delayed.
"Hungry Jack's had planned to open a new restaurant in Brassall in the third week of December, 2016, but due to unforeseen circumstances, the opening is now scheduled for early 2017," the spokesperson said.
"The new restaurant in Brassall has created 68 jobs for locals, who are currently training at other restaurants in the area."