Bunnings store builds as plans continue
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Bunnings will open a store close to the Delacombe Town Centre (DTC) in regional Victoria next year
Bunnings will open a store close to the Delacombe Town Centre (DTC) in regional Victoria next year
 
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Coolum may still get a Bunnings store and the big box retailer drops an appeal in Keperra
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Foundations are taking shape for one of the biggest Bunnings stores in Delacombe (VIC); a seventh store is being built on the Gold Coast (QLD); Bunnings indicates it is continuing its legal fight to build a store in Coolum (QLD); and an appeal has been dropped against a planned Keperra (QLD) housing estate.
Delacombe

A $19 million Bunnings store is set to open in mid-2019 close to the Delacombe Town Centre (DTC) in regional Victoria. Construction works are underway, according to H.Troon developer managing director Steve Troon.

The Courier newspaper reports the site is owned by a group of Ballarat investors. DTC's flagship tenants are Woolworths, Kmart and Showbiz Cinemas.

The area surrounding DTC and Bunnings is expected to house as many as 12,000 residents by 2030.
Robina

Bunnings will open its seventh Gold Coast store in Robina (QLD). The Bunnings Warehouse, to be built next to Robina Town Centre and Robina Home + Life Centre, will be 12,500sqm and include 320 car parking spaces.

It is being built at the corner of Scottsdale Road and Christine Avenue on land owned by the Queensland Investment Corporation, which also owns Robina Town Centre. Robina Town Centre general manager Shaine Beveridge told the Gold Coast Bulletin:
Bunnings is set to complement our popular Home + Life precinct to provide a fully-fledged homemaker, hardware and bulky goods retail offer, alongside the ... retail, lifestyle and entertainment options available at Robina Town Centre.

Bunnings state operations manager Margaret Walford said the company was pleased to be expanding its presence on the Gold Coast. Construction of the Robina outlet began in September 2018.
Coolum

Bunnings has lodged a Supreme Court appeal against a previous court decision not to allow it to build a new store, service station and restaurant in Coolum.

Bunnings' Planning and Environment Court appeal against Sunshine Coast Council's 2016 refusal of the development application had been dismissed. The council received 982 public submissions in the lead-up to its 2016 refusal, of which 980 were opposed. That development application was Bunnings' third unsuccessful attempt to expand into Coolum.

But the Supreme Court appeal has breathed new life into the application as Bunnings' lawyers argue District Court Judge Everson erred in law in dismissing its Planning and Environment Court appeal.

Bunnings' submissions included that Judge Everson had failed to recognise the distinction between Coolum and Coolum Beach when referring to the superseded planning scheme, Maroochy Plan 2000. Its lawyers also submitted the judge had failed to properly interpret the terms "showroom" and "shop".

Bunnings has named respondents in the action including the council, Coolum solicitor Ray Barber, Coolum Mitre 10 owners Brennan and Jeneane Carolan, Coolum Residents Association and Development Watch.
Keperra

Bunnings has dropped its appeal against a large housing estate planned for the Keperra quarry site by Brookfield Residential Properties (BRP). The big box retailer lodged the appeal in December 2017, claiming BRP's 700-home development would cause "unacceptable adverse impacts" from stormwater entering adjoining lots, and the possible impacts from its business on homes in the development.

It also cited conflicts with the rural and extractive industry zones, and said impacts on "local amenity and values" had not been adequately considered and addressed. Bunnings general manager property Andrew Marks told North West News:
Following discussions with the relevant parties, we decided to withdraw our appeal.

Bunnings' Keperra Warehouse, which opened earlier this year, backs onto the BRP site. In addition to the 700 homes, BRP's $313 million plan for the quarry includes a 3000sq m shopping centre on the 48.6ha site.
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