Ian Petersen at the Bunnings' site.
Ian Petersen at the Bunnings' site. Renee Pilcher

Stalled Bunnings store to move forward with council vote

GYMPIE Regional Council will vote this morning on "in part" development approval for the $41 million Bunnings Warehouse on the southern outskirts of town.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads signed off on the project at Christmas, an important endorsement which the council had been waiting for before bringing the application back before a full meeting of the local authority.

Work on the project had stalled while Main Roads finalised its approval and conditions.

The council received an amended DA from the Bunnings Group on February 1, 2013, and its planning and development staff have pointed out that because of the time constraints in getting the application to today's meeting, not all of the conditions of approval were included in the report to be considered by Mayor Ron Dyne and the council.

Those final conditions will be handed to councillors this morning.

The council has therefore been advised by its staff to "approve in part" the development application for the staged development of the site, which includes a rezoning and a subdivision.

Building company Total Construction advertised before Christmas for subcontractors and suppliers to price the project.

Work is expected to begin early this year on the 14,600sq m warehouse and showroom for the first stage of the project to be built on the 4.7ha site.

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