Bunnings' $14 million plan for Gladstone
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
TWO and a half million dollars in salaries and 100 new jobs are just two of the positives attached to a massive $14 million Bunnings Warehouse planned for Gladstone.
Bunnings has been trying to secure land for the project for a number of years, with the Gladstone race track touted as the original site.
However it was revealed yesterday that the 12,500 square metre warehouse would be built where the Clinton Van Park stands.
The land has been bought by Brisbane-based property group Parmac on condition of final ap- proval with Bunnings to take out a long-term lease along with oth- er homemaker and garden sup- plies stores.
A Bunnings spokesperson yes- terday said the project would bring with it a number of flow-on effects for the region.
'The proposed warehouse will generate significant investment in the local Gladstone communi- ty with approximately $2.5 mil- lion in salaries and other costs once operational,' he said.
'Bunnings is delighted to an- nounce this major investment and job creation program for Gladstone and looks forward to working closely with the commu- nity to bring it to fruition.'
Parmac director Paul McDer-mott said they were expecting a few objections to the project from residents of the caravan park, but they were looking forward to finalising plans and beginning construction.
A public notification period for the project will run until the end of June, with the council ex- pected to make a decision on the project some time in July.