Masters megastore knocked back by Bundaberg council
AN application to establish a Masters hardware megastore on land in Bundaberg has been knocked back by the local council.
Bundaberg Regional Council's planning and development committee accepted a recommendation by town planning staff that there were several grounds to refuse the proposal.
But the result was not achieved before committee chairman Ross Sommerfeld's motion that it be approved was lost.
A crowd of about 50 people packed into the council chamber for the discussion, jeering speakers they did not approve of and applauding councillors who wanted the development stopped.
Reasons for refusing the development at Kepnock include the amenity of the area generally, and that the immediate vicinity of the proposed development would be adversely affected by a building of the proposed size, bulk and height.
Senior planner Gail Downie said the building would be completely out of character with the surrounding area, which was mostly residential.
Residents in the Kepnock area close to the proposed development have been fighting against it since the beginning.
Led by Mary Walsh, a former Bundaberg councillor, they formed the Kepnock Residents Action Group to try to stop the development.
Mrs Walsh has always maintained that residents do not object to the Masters megastore as such, but believe it should be built on another site.