Plans for new Vinnies HQ gets planning support

Date published: 14 February 2017

Plans to consolidate St Vincent De Paul’s Townsville operations at a new purpose built headquarters in South Townsville have received a planning green light.

Townsville City Council’s Planning and Development Committee today approved a development application to establish the new office building on an existing industrial warehouse site on the corner of Boundary and Hubert Streets.

Committee chairman Cr Les Walker welcomed the development saying it would be a good addition to the area.

“It’s a Substantial commitment to the city by St Vincent De Paul and the great service they provide for the Catholic Church in our local community,” Cr Walker said.

“Vinnies is a household name and the work they do is a lifeline for families every day.

“The new development in South Townsville will bring together Vinnies’ administrative operations under the one roof in modern, purpose built facilities.

“Council planning staff worked with Vinnies during the pre-lodgemnent stage to ensure that the proposal was a good outcome for the organisation as well as the local area.”

The proposal includes the construction of a new building with car parking and bike storage at ground level and office facilities above.

An existing warehouse will be utilised as a sorting/storage area for donations collected across the city, before being distributed to the organisation’s retail outlets.

Other works include new boundary fencing, landscaping and improvements to the property’s Boundary Street frontage, and upgrade of existing car parking.

Operating hours of the offices will be restricted 6am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday, and the warehouse activities 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

Today’s committee recommendation to approve the application will go to the full council meeting on February 28.

The St Vincent De Paul Society supports almost 400,000 people in need  in Queensland every year.