UDIA chief executive officer Brian Stewart talks to Bundaberg business people about setting up a branch here.
UDIA chief executive officer Brian Stewart talks to Bundaberg business people about setting up a branch here. RON BURGIN

Planning for the Bundy's future

THE Bundaberg development industry looks set to get a helping hand, following a successful Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) meeting to “test the waters” on Wednesday night.

Forty solicitors, planners, building designers, surveyors, engineers, banks, real estate agents, builders and politicians gave their support to have a local UDIA branch during the meeting at the Burnett Club.

Nathan Freeman, town planning and development group Insite Strategies associate, said it was a thriving meeting in which a steering committee was formed.

“I think 90% of people there (Wednesday) night put their hand up to starting one locally here,” Mr Freeman said.

“The people who turned out came from across all sectors to really promote Bundaberg.”

Mr Freeman said Bundaberg Regional Council mayor Lorraine Pyefinch vowed she would support the idea locally.

He said attendees made it clear the rapidly developing area would benefit from having a regional branch to help create a more stable environment for the development industry.

Mr Freeman said the gathering of planning-related professions enjoyed their “informal” night so much, they followed it up yesterday at a sustainable planning meeting.



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