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Bunnings' store network additions
Bunnings Baldivis officially opened in a former Masters site
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Bricks and mortar being laid for more Bunnings stores and an appeal for New Zealand site
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Bunnings in Baldivis (WA) and in Canberra Airport opened on a former Masters while Katoomba (NSW) is due to open at the end of June; structures for the Bunnings store in Warwick (QLD) are being erected and construction imminent for stores in Kingaroy (QLD) and Port Macquarie (NSW); Bunnings New Zealand is appealing a decision for its proposed store in Queenstown.
Store openings, now and in the near future

Bunnings stores have opened or are about to be open in Baldivis (WA), Canberra Airport (ACT) and Katoomba (NSW).

Bunnings in Baldivis (WA) opened to big celebrations recently, with Australian Paralympian Brant Garvey joining team members to launch the store.

The 13,000sqm outlet had a soft launch before hosting an official opening ceremony. Located on the corner of Safety Bay Road and Baldivis Road, it opened to local fanfare after Masters Home Improvement shut its doors in the same location more than a year ago.

Complex manager Darren Feenstra praised his team for working to fit out the store extensively in less than a month.

Bunnings is due to open in Katoomba (NSW) soon, just a block away from the old Home Timber & Hardware store. And in preparation, the Home store is transforming into Mitre 10 with a major refurbishment.

Store manager, Rhonda Steed, said it was bought by Metcash about 18 months ago and is being rebranded as a Mitre 10. She told the Blue Mountains Gazette:
...It will be a Sapphire store - a bit more like a shop experience than a warehouse experience. It's like a total revamp. It will give us the best we can have to tackle our friends down the road so we're very happy with that.

Ms Steed also said Metcash had "armed us with a much ammunition as we can have" to counter the opposition.

Down the road, where shelves are being stocked and landscaping works being completed, Bunnings said it is employing more than 50 locals in its new store. Manager, April Spillett, said she was excited to welcome residents to the store, as well as helping out in the community.
Team members have worked together to assist in revamping the outside spaces and sensory garden with new garden beds and refreshing the sitting area at Baptist Care Morven Gardens Aged Care Centre.

A Bunnings spokeswoman added:
Bunnings competes with a number of different types of businesses in the home improvement and outdoor living market and find there is ample room in the market for all to operate successfully.

HI News Vol. 3 No. 7: Blue Mountains store close to Home, page 11
Canberra Airport

Rugby league legend and head coach of the Australian national rugby team Mal Meninga officially opened the new Bunnings Warehouse at Canberra Airport.

The $42 million store covers more than 13,000sqm and is Canberra's second largest Bunnings outlet, the fifth in the state. There are already Bunnings stores in nearby Fyshwick, as well as Gungahlin, Belconnen and Tuggeranong. Complex manager Robert Manning said:
Our new team members have assisted in local community projects such as revamping the outside spaces at Bungendore Public School to celebrate its 100-year anniversary. The team has also given the back garden at local YWCA Refuge House a makeover and supported Hackett Preschool by upgrading its playground.
Bunnings stores in the pipeline

Port Macquarie (NSW), Warwick (QLD) and Kingaroy (QLD) are set to have new Bunnings stores.

Building on the Bunnings store in Warwick (QLD) has begun with concrete walls being placed on the site. Bunnings general manager - property Andrew Marks said:
Construction has progressed to the erection of the external concrete wall panels with structural steel to be added shortly. The new Bunnings Warehouse Warwick represents a $16 million investment in the local economy and will span approximately 7000 square metres once complete.

The new store is expected to open in late 2018.

The Toowoomba arm of Hutchinson Builders is in charge of the project and is fabricating all concrete wall panels on site. Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said it was great to see the development forging ahead.
They are tripling the size of their business, which will be positive for employment and the economy of the region.

HI News Vol.4 No.3: Plans for more Bunnings stores underway, page 18

The proposed Bunnings Warehouse store in Kingaroy (QLD) is a step closer to starting construction following the tender process for builders recently.

A Bunnings Warehouse spokeswoman said the time line for construction depended on which builder secured the contract. She told the South Burnett Times:
Until we review the tenders received and allocate a builder, we won't know any timings.

The South Burnett Regional Council approved the new development in November last year. Bunnings is expected to spend about $15 million building the new store, which is estimated will provide 60 new jobs.
Port Macquarie

The planned Bunnings Port Macquarie store is expected to be operating by early 2019. Mr Marks confirmed that work at the site is likely to commence soon. He told Port Macquarie News:
We have received development approval to build a new Bunnings Warehouse in Port Macquarie which will replace the existing store. The new Bunnings Warehouse Port Macquarie represents an investment of over $43 million...

Mr Marks said Bunnings looks forward to continuing to work with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and the local community throughout the construction of the new warehouse.

Big box update: Plans for more Bunnings stores underway - HNN
Bunnings battle in Queenstown NZ continues

Bunnings has appealed a decision to decline consent for a store it proposed to build on the Frankton Flats, beside State Highway 6, in New Zealand.

In appealing the entire decision, Bunnings said the subject site was located within an area "in a dynamic state of development and urbanisation" where there was a variety of commercial, retail, and light industrial developments, either constructed, under construction, or recently consented.

Bunnings had identified the site on the Frankton Flats as the "ideal location" to enter the "booming Queenstown construction and trade supply market".

The new store would "increase competition between trade suppliers in the Queenstown market and lower the costs of construction, and therefore housing, along with other projects".

The company had worked extensively with the council before lodging a consent application and, as a result, made significant adjustments to the layout and design, the appeal notice said. Bunnings said the commissioners erred in their decision.

It also said there were two key questions at issue during the two-day hearing - whether a Bunnings store would be an appropriate and compatible activity for the site and, if so, whether the effects on the environment were appropriately avoided, remedied or mitigated.

While a council officer had recommended consent be declined, citing, in part, adverse effects would be more than minor in relation to the loss of industrial-zoned land, urban design, visual and signage effects, commissioners held the effects on the district's industrial zoned land would be "minor only". That view should be upheld, the appeal notice said.

A finding by commissioners that the effects were more than minor and the development contrary to the objectives and policies in the district plan, however, "should be rejected".

Bunnings sought for the appeal to be allowed and the application granted, subject to conditions offered at the hearing, or such conditions the court considered appropriate and for "costs of and incidental to" the appeal.

Hi News, Vol.4 No.2: Bunnings NZ rejected for Queenstown store, page 18
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