QUEENSLAND State Development Minister Anthony Lynham last week announced a new State Development Area (SDA) around the Port of Bundaberg, including land near the port on the eastern side of the Burnett River as well as agricultural and rural land on the river's western side.
The 6,076-hectare area aims to transform the Port of Bundaberg into an economic growth hotspot for the Wide Bay Burnett region by making it an attractive destination for new and existing business and industry looking to expand and invest.
"The Coordinator-General can provide business and industry in this area with a one-stop shop to speed up government approvals and really get industrial development moving around the port," Dr Lynham said.
The Minister said the government expected an increase in minerals and bulk commodity trade through the port, including sugar, silica sands and wood pellets, as well as new industries wanting to be near existing operators like Knauf.
"Within the state development area, the Coordinator-General can make doing business simpler for investors, by doing up-front detailed land-use and infrastructure planning, resolving any potential land use issues and coordinating government approvals, and gaining access to land if necessary," he said.
The decision follows technical investigations and public consultation last year, and the next step includes establishing a development scheme for the area to guide decisions about land use and planning controls. Dr Lynham said this would involve public consultation starting later this year.
Bundaberg's state development area becomes one of 10 around the state, ranging from major public infrastructure sites such as Brisbane's Lady Cilento Hospital, to industry hubs such as the area around the Port of Gladstone.