Proposed call-in for Masters Home Improvement store in Bundaberg

THE Queensland Government last week said it will consider calling-in the development application for the proposed Masters Home Improvement Store in Bundaberg, following a request from council.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the proposed $30 million development represented a significant investment opportunity for the Bundaberg region.

"Bundaberg Regional Council has informed me this proposed development could benefit the eastern growth corridor of Bundaberg," Mr Seeney said.

"The development proposal for 128 FE Walker Street, Kepnock, has the potential to create 186 jobs during construction and 130-150 ongoing operational jobs.

"The development could also spur on other business investment in the Kalkie/Ashfield growth corridor, areas identified in council's draft planning scheme and the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Plan 2009," he said.

According to Mr Seeney, the council approved the development in January this year. However, three appeals have been lodged in the Planning and Environment Court against council's decision to approve the development.

"I am considering using my Ministerial call-in powers under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and have issued a proposed 'call-in' notice for this development," Mr Seeney said.

"Affected parties now have 15 business days to have their say on whether the development involves state interests and should be called in."

The closing date for affected parties to make a submission is 12 May 2014 and the Deputy Premier is required by legislation to make a decision on whether or not to call in the development by 6 June 2014.

More information is available from the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning website at <http://www.dsdip.qld.gov.au/development-applications/ministerial-call-in.html>.

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