Approvals bound to bring grins

PEOPLE in Bundaberg are set to be given improved reasons to smile, with Bundaberg Regional Council yesterday approving two separate orthodontic projects.

Both applications, one a long time coming on Barolin Street and the other on George Street, were designed by Core Architecture and found positive support from councillors at the meeting.

While Dr Steven Cook's purpose-built practice on McConville Street had already been approved in June, the acquisition of an additional block on Barolin Street has expanded the plans to 2904sq m.

The development will include three detached, single-storey buildings, with one as the orthodontic surgery and the other two to be professional offices.

The surgery will contain three offices, four surgeries, three store rooms, a laboratory, a staff room, a dark room and a reception and waiting room.

Council advisors found the new application to have a “much better layout” and said it was “good to see (it) go ahead”.

The plan was also said to have “plenty of parking,” with 30 carparking spaces provided on-site.

Dr Cook will move on from his current office in Heidke Street when the new project is completed.

Meanwhile, Dr Phil Saxby's application at the western end of George Street was described as “quite an elaborate proposal”.

It contains an orthodontic surgery housing six offices, six surgeries, two consultation rooms, two waiting rooms, storage rooms, associated staff rooms and a reception and waiting room.

There will be eight accessible carparks on McLean Street, including a disabled carpark and an emergency vehicle space.

The two projects will be expected to help ease a long-standing burden on the Bundaberg medical system when they are completed.

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