New shopping centre for east Bundy

EAST Bundaberg people will soon be spoilt for grocery shopping choices with a new complex planned for Bargara Road.

The proposed development, on 118 and 122 Bargara Road, will be home to a supermarket, a pharmacy and 11 other specialty stores if plans are approved by Bundaberg Regional Council.

The project, which has been proposed by developers Bundaberg FJN, is in the public notice period until November 11, when it is expected more information about the development will be made public.

Plans for the single-storey shopping complex show the building will be in an L-shape, with each store having its own shop frontage facing a 117-space car park.

In the development application, the planners say the complex has been designed to help meet the needs not just of east Bundaberg residents, but also those living in the Bargara, Burnett Heads and Port areas.

“The complex seeks to provide a convenient shopping facility for people from coastal areas that work within the city and wish to access convenient shopping facilities on their journey home from work,” the plans read.

The proposal before the council suggests the complex may also feature shops such as a medical centre, takeaway and cafe, video store, restaurant or snack bar.

About 150sqm of the 2130sqm centre will be used as an outdoor dining area for cafes or restaurants.

Access to the complex would be from a driveway off Olsen Street, so it does not disturb the traffic flow along Bargara Road.

The development was approved by Bundaberg City Council in 2004, but no work on the site had been done since then and the approval lapsed.

Part of the land to be used for the new complex is owned by Bundaberg Regional Council for a sewerage pump station.

Council CEO Peter Byrne said the council was prepared to lease the land to the company for use as a part of the car park.

The NewsMail contacted the company involved in the development, but a spokesman declined to comment at this stage.

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