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IGA given the green light

BURNETT Heads will get its long-awaited supermarket and at least five other shops within six months, according to developers

The plan, which features a 600sq m IGA, has been in the pipeline for many years, but has constantly stalled for a number of reasons, most recently due to the economic crisis.

But developers Primo Property have committed to the project a fortnight ago after buying the centre in August, and construction is expected start soon on the first major shopping centre in Burnett Heads.

Burnett Heads Progress and Sports Association president Wayne McNee said the centre would be “terrific” for the community.

“Everyone has been voicing their approval and need for something like this. It really is warranted given the unprecedented boom we've had here lately,” he said.

“We've been crying out for this for some time now, particularly with the bridge being built and the Bundaberg Port developments.”

Burnett Heads residents, who previously faced with a 20-minute drive into Bundaberg or Bargara to shop at a major supermarket, will now have the luxury of a centre complemented by a range of specialty stores.

Richardson and Wrench leasing agent Mark Mergard said he was chasing tenants for a hardware store, doctors, hairdresser, bakery-cum-coffee shop and a bait and tackle shop.

“We have the option of splitting the spaces in half to make even more,” Mr Mergard said.

The development team has also bought a space for an IGA in Moore Park Beach, and have been developing regional retail centres for 20 years.

“We think the town has waited long enough for its own supermarket, and we are very excited at the prospect of entering the Burnett Heads community and becoming a part of some wonderful growth in the years to come,” Primo Property project manager Edward Masterson said.

Mr McNee said the development could be the trigger for tourist interest and further expansion of the region.

“We welcome good development. I for one am looking forward to the doors opening,” he said.

Read more about the proposed IGA at Burnett Heads.

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