First Development Scheme For Bundaberg Gains Approval

First Development Scheme For Bundaberg Gains Approval

Queensland Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick

State Development Scheme To Boost Bundaberg Industry

Victor P Taffa

First development scheme for the Bundaberg State Development Area (SDA) has been approved, and is set to boost industrial growth and create jobs in the region.

Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the scheme would make it much easier for industry to invest in the 6,076 ha SDA, which includes land around the Port of Bundaberg and on both sides of the Burnett River.

“Demand for development in Bundaberg is evident by completion of the $19.8 Million gas pipeline to the Port of Bundaberg, the construction of the Knauf plasterboard manufacturing facility and the $30 Million Pacific Tug proposal to establish a marine industry facility at the Bundaberg Port.” Minister Dick said.

Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said the approval was great news for export businesses on the Fraser Coast and surrounding areas.

“This approval will be the green light for jobs in our region.” Mr. Saunders said.

“Having an export facility on our doorstep to the fastest growing region in the Asian Centre will bring great economic benefits.”

Minister Dick said a key advantage of an SDA is that the Coordinator-General provides a one-stop shop for proponents and has the powers to ensure assessments are efficient and timely.

“Scheme was developed in collaboration with the Coordinator-General, state government agencies, Bundaberg Regional Council, Gladstone Ports Corporation and infrastructure providers and community consultation.” Minister Dick said.

Bundaberg SDA was declared in February 2017 and is one of 10 Queensland SDA’s established by the Coordinator-General to foster the development of large-scale, heavy industry and supporting infrastructure.

A development scheme is a planning instrument used by Queensland’s independent Coordinator-General to assess and decide development applications similar to a local government planning scheme.