A 6000 hectare industrial precinct has been created to cater for expected growth at the Port of Bundaberg.
It includes land near the port on the eastern side of the Burnett River as well as agricultural and rural land on the river’s western side.
The zoning would create incentives for industrial developers said State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham.
“The Coordinator-General can provide business and industry in this area with a one-stop shop to speed up government approvals,” Dr Lynham said.
Growth was already being realised in the region said Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson.
“With the Bundaberg Gas Pipeline and the Knauf plasterboard plant, our city and our region are starting to roll economically,” she said.
Bundaberg’s state development area becomes one of 10 around the state, ranging from major public infrastructure sites, like Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Hospital to industry hubs like the area around the Port of Gladstone.
The decision follows technical investigations and public consultation last year.
The government expected an increase in minerals and bulk commodity trade through the port, including sugar, silica sands and wood pellets, as well as new industries wanting to be near existing operators like Knauf, Dr Lynham said
“Within the state development area, the Coordinator-General can make doing business simpler for investors, by doing up-front detailed land-use and infrastructure planning, resolving any potential land use issues and coordinating government approvals, and gaining access to land if necessary,” he said.
The next step is establishing a development scheme for the area to guide decisions about land use and planning controls.
This would involve public consultation starting later this year, Dr Lynham said.