Hungry Jacks, former Caltex site: Several York St projects underway

Josh Farrell

Nothing gets the local rumour mill churning more than building works happening in town, particularly when they are on a main road.

York St has been a hive of activity recently, with footpath improvement works at the Macalister St end and businesses for lease, the under-grounding of power lines and centre median lighting.

But it’s the former Caltex site catching everyone’s eye, after much of the concrete was recently turned over.

The Gippsland Times can confirm Ampol is preparing to vacate the site.

“Ampol is the owner of the site and is conducting remediation works to prepare the land for sale,” an Ampol spokesperson said.

The demolition of the building continued last week, with the structure completely demolished by Thursday afternoon.

The former site of Red Rooster has also been up for much discussion, but it has been confirmed that fast food restaurant chain Hungry Jacks has submitted a planning permit for the site.

The site will have a dual drive-through, indoor seating with a play centre and five car parks.

According to the plans, the historic Sale Milk Supply building will remain and the drive through will snake its way past this building.

While Sale residents will be excited by the opening of a new fast food chain store, they may have to wait a little longer, as the application for Hungry Jacks is still on notice and yet to be approved by council.

Planning permits are put on notice to allow residents the opportunity to be aware of and participate in the process.

In other York St news, council will upgrade the footpaths and kerbs, with works scheduled between Macalister and Stawell Sts, in front of the former site of Red Rooster.

Council has already awarded contracts for the northern and southern ends of York St, with Cranes Asphalting and Bitumen Sealing to continue the revitalisation of the area.

The works are jointly funded by council, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development and Regional Roads Victoria.

At a recent council meeting, Cr Scott Rosetti showed his appreciation for the businesses along York St which were accommodating of contractors working.

“I want to acknowledge the impact to the traders,” he said.

“While I know the contractors work their way around as best they can, it does make an impact — and I just want to thank those traders.”