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    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

    Industrial precinct area turns Bundy into go-to zone

    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

    Friday, February 10, 2017

    Industrial precinct area turns Bundy into go-to zone

    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.

    “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.

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    EDS: Download a map of the Bundaberg state development area at the DSD media centre.

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