Bundy leads in approvals race

By Sophia Browne

IT looks like Bundaberg has beaten Burnett in the recent race to attract investors, with already more than $32 million worth of building approvals on its books this financial year.

Burnett Shire Council planning and development director Wayne Phillips said about $21 million worth of approvals had passed through since July, compared to almost $29 million in the same quarter last year.

And there is no shortage of people waiting to take advantage of residential development in Bundaberg.

Darren Ey said the response to the new housing development he manages in East Bundaberg had been "amazing".

"I've had over 400 enquiries and about 150 inspections," the Liberty Villas manager said. "It has really kept me on my toes."

Liberty Villas is a 124-unit seniors living village by development company Kinsmen Queensland . Kinsmen Queensland managing director Rob Northcott said the company chose Bundaberg because of strong demographics.

"There is high demand for rental accommodation in Bundaberg," Mr Northcott said.

But demographics is not the only reason developers are setting their sights on the Rum City.

Mayor Kay McDuff says Bundaberg has a winning formula.

"This is a popular place for families and they have every facility here without heavy traffic," Cr McDuff said.

"We've got first class shopping, the beach is 12km away and the climate is a great attraction."

Bundaberg City Council planning and development manager Andrew Fulton said there were several major developments in the pipeline for the city.

He said plans were still being assessed for large residential subdivisions on Branyan Street, Mt Perry Road and Elliott Heads Road.



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