Council planning and development Ross Sommerfeld said while applications for the infrastructure charge discounts closed on last month, the developer’s initial request for a discount was submitted by the due date.
Council planning and development Ross Sommerfeld said while applications for the infrastructure charge discounts closed on last month, the developer’s initial request for a discount was submitted by the due date. Mike Knott

Council extends discount period for Childers development

BUNDABERG Regional Council will extend a 75% discount period for an industrial Childers development.

The extension for infrastructure charges applicable under Council's Bundaberg Open for Development (BO4D) initiative was in response to a fourth request from the developer.

While the Bundaberg Open for Development scheme has now closed, it is estimated to generate almost $106 million worth of construction and create 606 jobs once all incentivised projects are completed.

Council planning and development Ross Sommerfeld said while applications for the infrastructure charge discounts closed on last month, the developer's initial request for a discount was submitted by the due date.

"The developer sought the extension because a change of engineering consultants resulted in delays in appointing new engineers to commence works.  Wet weather also hampered progress," Cr Sommerfeld said.

"Council is satisfied that substantial steps have since been made to progress the Browns Road development, including the completion of substantial earthworks.

"The latest extension will extend the 75% discount period beyond a year since the original cut-off date for the discount period of September 30.

"During its ordinary meeting, council recommended that the chief executive officer be authorised to prepare and execute a Deed of Variation to the Bundaberg Open for Development Infrastructure Agreement for the development permit in question. 

Cr Sommerfeld said this would vary the infrastructure agreement so that the due date for the 75% discount period was changed to December 24, 2015.



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