Court appeal likely to delay Bunnings project
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE multi-million dollar Bunnings Warehouse planned for Gladstone looks set to be delayed, with a court battle ensuing.
Residents from the Clinton van park where the $14.5 million development is set for construction have launched an appeal against its approval in the Planning and Environment Court.
Originally construction of the massive warehouse was due to start first thing in the new year, but the legal process looks set to delay that date.
Spokesman for the residents Mark Rochford said they were appealing the council's approval of the development based on environmental and planning issues.
Mr Rochford said a direction hearing in the Planning and Environmental Court last Friday had resulted in a meeting between the relevant parties.
'The direction is for all parties to get together and have a chat by at least December 12,' Mr Rochford said.
The main grounds for the appeal are based on concerns about traffic using Harvey Road as the main entrance to the complex.
Residents are also appealing the removal of trees at the site.
Mr Rochford has also raised questions about the credibility of developers Par-mac Property Group for refusing to carry out a social impact study for the development.
Parmac Property Group director Paul McDermott said the court process could potentially delay construction of the development, which would create 100 local jobs when complete.
Mr McDermott said there was no indication how long it would take to receive a decision from the court, but said the company was ready to proceed when given the go ahead.
Gladstone City Council assessment and development manager Andrew Kearns said the appeal process could often be lengthy but there was no telling exactly how long it would be before work began.