Developers get time extension

THE developers of a proposed hardware megastore on the corner of Kepnock and Greatheads Rds have been given a six-month extension to provide information to Bundaberg Regional Council.

The proposed Masters store, a joint venture between Woolworths and giant US firm Lowes Companies, will have a floor area of 13,536sq m.

The location of the development has drawn opposition from nearby residents, who say it will affect the value of their homes and bring too much traffic into the area.

A council spokeswoman yesterday said the request for an extension by the developers had been agreed to.

Kepnock Residents Action Group spokeswoman Mary Walsh said the extension meant the development application would be decided on by a new council and State Government, after elections due to be held early next year.

Mrs Walsh accepted the council would have had no option other than to grant the extension, but pointed out the applicants had already had five months to respond to issues raised by the council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

"To date they have chosen not to and, when you realise the matters they have to address, with a high risk that it could, eventually, be rejected on planning grounds, then they would have to question whether a more appropriate site would not be a better solution," she said.

Mrs Walsh said the application, if approved, would convert the prime Residential A site into an intense commercial operation, generating huge volumes of traffic on a T-junction which had a documented history of traffic safety issues.

She said the residents did not object to the development, but they felt it was in the wrong place.

Mrs Walsh said a better place for the megastore would be adjoining the new Aldi store, fronting Walker St.

"We did not object to Aldi and we want to see this proposal over this part of town, servicing the coast," she said.

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