SOUTH Australia's Coordinator-General has declared 15 of the Peregrine Group's 'On The Run' stores to be assessed by the Development Assessment Commission (DAC).
Planning Minister John Rau said each of the projects is an investment of over $3 million and will employ between 15 to 50 people and create around 100 construction jobs while they are being built.
"The Coordinator-General role was expanded to unlock potential for development and projects tied up in red tape and approval processes," he said.
"This approach is about providing a single and independent assessment body, the DAC, to be a consistent point of contact for these repeatable assessment processes.
"We are committed to ensuring roadblocks to development are removed. These changes will help make it easier for people to invest in projects, boosting jobs and our State's economy."
"The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure have undertaken preliminary consultation with all affected Councils and they will also be involved in the DAC assessment process of these 15 On The Run stores."
The Peregrine Group currently operates 112 On The Run stores in South Australia, which employ more than 2,000 people.
Mr Rau said the Coordinator-General has the regulatory capacity to declare projects valued over $3 million to be of economic significance and to be assessed by the independent DAC. These projects go through the normal assessment process.
"The Coordinator-General has also declared another 6 projects for assessment by the DAC," he said.
"These are Wilderness School development, two Life Care aged/residential facilities an Aldi supermarket, the Tailem Bend Motorsport Park and a shopping centre expansion in Mount Baker."
"Since Mr [James] Hallion was appointed to the position of Coordinator-General he has met with over 50 significant investors covering a wide range of uses such as retail, commercial, aged care, affordable housing and industrial projects, to better understand their projects and blockages they face. These discussions to date have revealed over 120 projects in total worth over $2 billion."
The 15 On The Run store locations declared for assessment by the DAC are:
- Corner Main South and Port Road, Aldinga;
- 390 Fullarton Road, Fullarton;
- 328 Salisbury Highway, Salisbury Downs;
- Corner Senate and Balmoral Roads, Port Pirie;
- 212 to 216 Murray Street, Tanunda;
- 20A Main North Road, Thorngate;
- 134-136 Anzac Highway, Glandore;
- 1-77 Globe Derby Drive, Globe Derby Park;
- 19 Francis Street, Kadina;
- 1 Mildred Street, Kapunda;
- 50 Bookpumong Road, Loxton;
- 665 Golden Grove Road, Surrey Downs;
- Corner of Main North Road (National Highway One) and Public Road, Port Augusta;
- 177-181 Adelaide Road, Murray Bridge; and
- 21-23 Penola Road, Mount Gambier.
"The Coordinator-General uses these powers by exception, preferring to work through issues with Councils and for Councils to retain the assessment and decision making function," Mr Rau said.
Photo: On The Run service station / On The Run.