Masters a step closer for Bundaberg

Masters is a step closer for Bundaberg with the application currently before public notification.
Masters is a step closer for Bundaberg with the application currently before public notification. Submitted

MASTERS Home Improvement is a step closer for Bundaberg with the application now before public notification.

The chain giant decided to try their hand with the council again - launching their second application - this time on 128 FE Walker St.

But the Kepnock Residents Association Group isn't impressed.

Mary Walsh said the Masters Application could not be considered as a solo application.

She believed the application for Masters was only the first part of a series of commercial developments that would turn the area into what she termed - "Sugarland two".

An application for a shopping hub alongside the Masters site - Kepnock Central - is currently before the council but has not yet reached public notification.

Mrs Walsh said the Kepnock Resident Association originally supported the Masters Development application.

"Provided it met environmental, traffic and residential amenity issues," she said.

"And provided there would be no more commercial intrusion behind Aldi - because it's all residential A."

What Mrs Walsh means by "residential A" is that the land currently being applied for commercial development is zoned residential by the council.

Economic Development spokesman Greg Barnes said just because the council set a precedent when Aldi went in, that didn't have to apply to the rest of the land.  

"Masters actually has to be assessed under the Town Plan and it probably breeches ten parts of it," Mrs Walsh said.

"If they (the developers) can march in there and take over residential A land - that has to be a worry."

Mrs Walsh said the development lost their support when the area flooded in January this year.

"We then no longer supported such a huge structure down there," she said.

Mrs Walsh said the residents of the area had always supported something on a smaller scale, similar to that of South Side Central - formerly Olsen's Corner.

Public consultation is now open and will close on November 29.

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