Residents battle to keep CQ Target in sight
A MORANBAH mum has launched an online campaign to keep the town's Target store amid fears residents will need to make a two-hour trip to Mackay if the closure goes ahead.
The mining town, along with Emerald, Bowen and Sarina are among 167 locations that will lose Target stores within 12 months.
The Moranbah and Emerald stores will close permanently by early mid 2021, while Bowen and Sarina will become K-Marts by early next year.
After seeing that her local store was on the chopping block, Amanda Schy decided to take a stand against the multinational retail giant.
"Normally I'm quite a reserved person, but I'm passionate about our community," she said.
"It would be a huge loss. We have limited resources already."
Ms Schy started on online petition to either keep the Moranbah Target open or convert it into a Kmart.
In less than 24-hours her petition has received over 1700 signatures.
The mother of three boys said the store's closing would be devastating, not only for Moranbah but also residents in towns like Clermont, Dysart, Glenden and surrounding areas.
"I don't understand how we can go without," Ms Schy said.
"Mackay is a 200km one-way trip. That's the closest Target."
"(And) We shouldn't have to wait a week for (online) deliveries to arrive."
Ms Schy said she also feared for the four permanent staff and many casual workers employed by the store.
A Target spokeswoman said the company was minimising job losses where possible by offering redeployment opportunities to Kmart, Catch, Bunnings and Officeworks.
To sign Ms Schy's petition visit https://www.change.org/p/rob-scott-wesfarmers-save-replace-moranbah-target