Anger over minister's refusal

THE residents' group fighting against the proposal to build a hardware megastore in Kepnock has responded angrily to the refusal by local government minister Paul Lucas to call in the development.

Mr Lucas told the group asking him to call it in that Bundaberg Regional Council had not even considered the application and, on that logic, there was not point in having a council at all if he were to intervene.

Kepnock Residents Action Group spokeswoman Mary Walsh accused Mr Lucas, who has announced his retirement at the next state election, of using his call-in powers selectively.

Mrs Walsh, a former Bundaberg city councillor, said the proposed megastore was a key regional site in the Bunnings versus Masters hardware war for market domination.

She said the law required Mr Lucas to use his call-in powers when the state had an economic or environmental interest or when there was a need to ensure there was "an efficient, effective and accountable planning and development assessment system".



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