Port plans open up
A “MINI village” of homes, shops, hotels and industrial estates could be built at Port of Bundaberg following the approval of a land use plan for the area.
Hundreds of hectares of empty land could become a bustling centre for residential, commercial and industrial development — and developers are already considering the area’s options.
Port of Bundaberg manager Jason Pascoe said the owner, Gladstone Ports Corporation, was developing a strategic plan for the 500-hectare area.
“We are looking at developing a marine industry precinct, and we have had some discussion with the marine industry sector across Queensland,” Mr Pascoe said.
Under the land use plan, the precinct could cover 20 hectares and offers potential for shipbuilding and maintenance operations at the Port to complement its existing industry.
A mixed-use precinct has been ticked off for a site between the Port Marina and the nearly-complete Wallace Creek Bridge, creating space for developments such as homes, shops, hotels and taverns.
“The bridge will create a new gateway to the Port Marina and the mixed-use precinct, and will assist in keeping the local and tourist traffic away from the industrial areas of the Port,” Mr Pascoe said.
“It is expected that the bridge and road approaches will be completed, subject to weather, by the end of March 2010.”
Burnett Heads Progress and Sports Association president Wayne McNee said it was a terrific win for the area.
“There’s certainly a need for development at the Port and the Burnett Heads Boat Harbour,” Mr McNee said.
“At the moment we are losing passing trade from people passing by on yachts, but with infrastructure, it could become a boatie’s destination on the picturesque coast.
“I think it is excellent news for the Port and for Bundaberg.”
Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said the plan’s approval heralded the way for future jobs and industry for the region.
“The Bundaberg Futures Program and the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation have been proactive in identifying potential businesses and industries that could use the land for developments,” Cr Pyefinch said.
“It will create very important infrastructure to help to attract young working families by creating a number of skilled and better-paid jobs,” she said.