Masters ask for extension to construction date

The Bundaberg Regional Council has received a request from the developer of Bundaberg's Masters Home Improvement Store to further extend the commencement date of construction works to August 31.

This is the second request for an extension, following a decision by council in March 2015 to grant the developer an extension of three months to the agreed start and completion dates.

Under the current infrastructure agreement, the Masters development is required to commence works by June 30 and have development completed by May 30, 2016 in order to take advantage of the maximum discount on Council imposed infrastructure charges.

To qualify for the discount, offered under the Bundaberg Open for Development incentive scheme, which is worth $1 million, the project was originally required to be commenced by the end of March.

Planning and development spokesman Ross Sommerfeld said the latest request would be considered at council's next Planning Committee meeting to be held on June 30.

"Council is aware of issues involving Masters and Woolworths and we trust that they can be resolved to provide the desired outcome for the Bundaberg region," Cr Sommerfeld said.

"Council acknowledges that delays with major construction works are quite often inevitable. That is why council is doing all it can to secure this important development for the region," Cr Sommerfeld said.

"The Masters development is worth $30 million and has the potential to create 186 jobs during construction and 130-150 ongoing operational jobs.

"It also has the potential to spur on other business investment in the Kalkie/Ashfield growth corridor.

"Council is currently assessing the operational works application for the earth works and civil works associated with the development, which will be finalised following a final submission from the applicant."

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