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Bunnings approval delivers jobs, ends quarry uncertainty

27 September, 2013

Bunnings approval delivers jobs, ends quarry uncertainty

Brisbane City Council has approved the first Bunnings Warehouse in Brisbane’s northwest in a move that will generate hundreds of local jobs and end quarrying at Keperra permanently.

BCC Development Assessment Chairman Amanda Cooper said the Bunnings Warehouse would feature as part of an outdoor shopping complex approved on the Keperra Quarry site today, which also included a mix of other specialist uses such as retail, commercial, restaurants and fitness centres.

Cr Cooper said the project was expected to generate up to 500 construction-related jobs, 400 local retail jobs and $40 million worth of investment in the local area, as well as address a dramatic undersupply of hardware suppliers in Brisbane’s northwest.

She said today’s approval was consistent with a previous approval granted on the quarry site in 2007 for an outdoor shopping centre with a large hardware warehouse attached. Cr Cooper said there was also no change in the overall size of the development from what was originally approved in 2007*.

“The Lord Mayor has a clear vision to deliver better economic development opportunities for Brisbane and this approval means hundreds more local construction and retails jobs for our city,” she said.

“It’s another clear example that businesses want to invest in Brisbane and that this council is committed to delivering practical planning outcomes such as this for our city.

“Replacing a suburban quarry with this type of sensible retail development is also a good outcome for the local community, which has outgrown this type of heavy industry.

“We’ve also listened to the local community and placed a number of strict conditions on the proposal to ensure there are no adverse impacts on residents from traffic, parking or flooding.”

Cr Cooper said there was a clear demand for more hardware retail options in Brisbane’s northwest with hardware spending in the local area set to increase by $2.1 million in next three years to $112.4 million and a current undersupply of about 27,000 square metres of hardware retail space (the new Bunnings is about 17,000 square metres – therefore even after its construction there will still be an undersupply)**.

Local councillor Andrew Wines (Enoggera) said the approval was a win for local residents, who had been worried about the impacts of the Keperra Quarry on their homes for years.

“This not only means more local jobs and investment, but it will put an end to quarrying near these homes permanently, and that is a big win for the community,” Cr Wines said.

“I’ve lived four streets away from the quarry and the house used to shake when they were blasting, as well as the constant dust and noise, so I know firsthand the impacts it’s had on surrounding homes and their property prices. Local residents need to get behind this approval if they want the quarry shut for good.”

Economic impact studies for the project, requested by Council, show the majority of shoppers for the new Bunnings would come from Ferny Grove, Upper Kedron and Keperra, as well as parts of Ferny Hills and Arana Hills. The nearest Bunnings Warehouse is more than eight kilometres away at Stafford.

As such, studies concluded that: “Any impacts on existing businesses are anticipated to be minimal and will be able to be offset through growth in their respective catchments.” (Conditions etc over page…)

Key Development Conditions

• 883 car parks to be provided (This is compliant with Council regulations)
• Complies with Traffic Volumes prescribed for Settlement Rd now and in the future:
o Settlement Rd is classified as a major suburban road designed to carry up to 35,000 vehicles per day
o Traffic modelling for the development shows that even with the approved shopping centre fully operational, total traffic volumes on Settlement Rd will still only be about 28,000 vehicles per day - about 7,000 vehicles less than its maximum volume
• However, the developer has also been conditioned to upgrade the full length of Settlement Rd along the frontage as part of Council’s long-term planning for the local area. The following works will be carried out by the developer:
o Widening of Settlement Rd to four lanes
o A four-way signalised intersection at Settlement Rd and Mungarie St
o Turning lanes in and out of the site
o Traffic islands
• Construct a 2m wide off-road shared pedestrian and cyclist path along the northern side of Samford Rd between Keperra St and the laneway linking to Glenmorgan St
• Minimum buffers of between 52m and 114m between buildings and homes
• Densely-planted landscape buffer between 2m-and-9m-wide along Settlement Rd frontage
• Greater flood protection for the site and local area with the construction of a channel to handle excess storm water runoff

*Overall size of Current Approval (2013) vs Original Approval (2007)

Ground Floor Area (GFA) of Original Application vs Current Application
Building 1 Building 2 Building 3 Building4 Total
GFA (2007) 11,740 m2 2,020m² 560m² 11,000 25,320m²
GFA (2013) 17,719 m2 2,020m² 560m² 5,021m² 25,320m²
Change + 5,979m² No change No change -5,979m² No change

**Hardware Expenditure vs Hardware Demand

NOTE: The proposed Bunnings at Keperra is about 17,000 Sq M. Therefore, there is expected to still be an undersupply of about 10,000 Sq M of hardware floor space in the local area even after the new Bunnings is constructed.
[Ends] September 27, 2013

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