Material Change of Use approved at Bucca Rowing Reserve

ADDITIONAL facilities to be built at the Bucca Rowing Reserve have been approved by the Bundaberg Regional Council.

Bundaberg Regional Council at its planning meeting yesterday approved a Material Change of Use (MCU) over the site to allow for the construction of additional buildings on the reserve.

The council's sport and recreation spokeswoman Lynne Forgan said the MCU sought the construction of special uses facilities including an education and training building, boat shed and first aid and administration building.

The application was made by Bundaberg Rowing Club Inc. to add to the facilities currently in use at the Bucca Rowing Centre.

Cr Forgan said the approval of the additions was in line with the recently adopted, and State Government approved, Land Management Plan for the reserve which caters to a broad range of community recreational opportunities.

"The assessment process included conditions relating to flood management including an evacuation plan and maintaining environmental standards."

"The new buildings will complement the existing boat shed, Rowers Lodge and amenities block," said Cr Forgan.

Divisional representative Cr Wayne Honor endorsed the Council decision.

"These facilities will only add weight to the strong national and international reputation the rowing reserve enjoys and which has been built up by the Bundaberg Rowing Club over a number of years.

"In addition to its credentials as a superior competitive rowing location the reserve is one of the more popular community recreation areas in the region."

Cr Honor said the new construction would not impede public access to the river.

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