Commercial shopping facility gets nod of approval
APPROVAL of a development application for a multi-million dollar commercial shopping facility catering to the sale of bulky goods has been fast tracked by Bundaberg Regional Council.
Bundaberg Regional Council Planning & Development portfolio spokesman Ross Sommerfeld said the approval involved a development application for the construction of commercial shops on land in Johanna Boulevard.
"The project involves around 22,500 square metres of land with almost 8000 square metres to be dedicated to the development of premises to cater to the sale of bulky goods while the remaining land will be developed for onsite car parking," he said.
"This site is opposite the location for the construction of a new Bunnings premises and certainly has the potential to become a major bulky goods shopping destination.
"This development application is another to be incentivised under council's Bundaberg Open for Development initiative where discounts of up to 75% are offered against infrastructure charges if projects are completed in a certain timeframe."
Cr Sommerfeld said he was also pleased with the outcomes achieved through the council delegating additional approval responsibilities to its planning staff rather than waiting for some applications to progress through a council meeting.
"Council will still have oversight on all applications and approvals to ensure all councillors are familiar with the approval process undertaken and to keep abreast of developments across the region," he said.
He said the Bundaberg Open for Development initiative was introduced in August last year as the council examined means to stimulate the local economy in the wake of the January floods.
To date, the initiative has resulted in $19 million worth of development being incentivized with the potential for creating 195 jobs.