APPEALS against the $15 million expansion of the Redlynch Central shopping centre will delay its construction by up to two years and put 350 jobs on hold.
The owners of the Cairns Central and Smithfield shopping centres have lodged appeals in the Planning and Environmental Court against the Cairns Regional Council’s approval of the centre’s extension.
The delay has frustrated the Marino family who were hoping to start construction later this year.
"The effect of the appeals lodged by the two other shopping centre owners will immediately postpone and put in abeyance at least 200 construction jobs and a further 150 full-time and part-time jobs," family spokesman Charlie Marino said.
The extension includes two levels, a 500sq m expansion of Woolworths, 4500sq m for a new anchor tenant, 10 new speciality store tenancies and on the second level, more car parking, a childcare centre and 450sq m of commercial space.
Mr Marino (pictured) said the family was disappointed because they had worked with the council to get the approvals for the extension.
"During the public advertising process only three submissions were received by the council,’’ he said.
''Two were from owners of other shopping centres in Cairns, the third from a local resident," he said.