PORT POWER: State Development Minister Anthony Lynham (centre) announces the State Development Area plan with Employment Minister Grace Grace, Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson and Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey.
PORT POWER: State Development Minister Anthony Lynham (centre) announces the State Development Area plan with Employment Minister Grace Grace, Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson and Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey. Craig Warhurst

Plans for special development area at port 'on track'

BUNDABERG MP Leanne Donaldson has reassured residents that plans for Bundaberg's State Development Area are well underway with a development scheme being prepared and a public consultation period expected within months.

Her response came as Hinkler MP Keith Pitt questioned the government's plans for the area.

"The Bundaberg SDA was declared on February 10, 2017, so why doesn't the State Government tell us what it has planned?” he said.

The government announced the 6000ha industrial precinct at the Port of Bundaberg with great fanfare and the promise it would provide plenty of jobs and redefine Bundaberg as a regional, economic powerhouse.

The SDA includes land on the southern side of the Burnett River as well as a massive tract of agricultural land on the river's northern side.

The declaration allows the state's Co-ordinator-General to provide business with a one-stop shop to cut red tape, speeding up government approvals to fast track development.

Ms Donaldson said the Co-ordinator-General had been working behind the scenes since the announcement, consulting with key stakeholders and state government agencies as it prepared a development scheme for the Bundaberg SDA.

"The Department of State Development has undertaken investigations relating to infrastructure required to support future development within the SDA and the port, including investigations into road, rail and other infrastructure to support development within the SDA,” she said.

"These studies are informing the preparation of the draft development scheme.”

Ms Donaldson said the government had shown its commitment to the Bundaberg SDA as it invested in infrastructure through a $4 million upgrade of roads to the port and completion of the $19.8 million, 28.5km gas pipeline to support industry development at the SDA, such as the $70 million Knauf plasterboard factory.

"Future development in the SDA will be driven by market demand, however the area is expected to accommodate regionally significant industry and infrastructure development, as well as port-related uses,” she said.



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