A 6000 hectare industrial precinct has been created to turn the Port of Bundaberg into an economic growth hotspot for Wide Bay.
State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham today announced a new state development area 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 Bundaberg Aviation & Aerospace Precinct is a strategic parcel of land (33 lots) located on Airport Drive. The precinct comprises of 10 airside and 23 landside allotments.
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Monday, 13 February 2017/Categories: Media Release, Regional Business, International Trade, Regional and State Event
“This will make Bundaberg an attractive destination for new and existing business and industry looking to expand and invest,” Dr Lynham said.
“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.”
Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson said the new state development area would build on the many economic success stories coming out of the Wide Bay Burnett.
“With the Bundaberg Gas Pipeline and the Knauf plasterboard plant, our city and our region are starting to roll economically,” she said.
Bundaberg’s state development area becomes one of 10 around the state, ranging from major public infrastructure sites, like Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Hospital to industry hubs like the area around the Port of Gladstone.
The decision follows technical investigations and public consultation last year.
Dr Lynham 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 next step is 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 Mayor Jack Dempsey said, "One of the initial services that could be established is a shipping container handling facility."
"I would encourage local business operators, developers and investors to explore their potential to establish a presence in the SDA."
"This announcement is an incredible opportunity for job creation for the Bundaberg Region. With so much already underway at the Port of Bundaberg this latest announcement emphatically franks the investment being made by Knauf and the development of the gas pipeline."
"Those seeds we have planted at the Port of Bundaberg through our investment in water and sewerage and more recently the announced plans to streetscape Burnett Heads CBD have emerged as green shoots well on the way to delivering economic growth" Mayor Dempsey said.