The Bundaberg Regional Aviation and Aerospace Precinct is ready to take off with a development application lodged for a 24-hour service station and food outlet.
The proposal is over the parcel of land on the corner of Airport Drive and Childers Road.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said it was exciting to see increased development interest in the aviation precinct.
“This application comes as the first panels are being lifted on the RACQ Lifeflight and Royal Flying Doctor Service aeromedical facility,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“The Bundaberg Regional Aviation and Aerospace Precinct is a Council initiative that provides strategic parcels of land with links to both airside facilities and the Bundaberg CBD.
“It has the potential to attract world-leading companies in a range of industries to the region looking to invest in our area which offers so much potential.”
Planning and development portfolio spokesperson Cr Ross Sommerfeld said a material change of use application had been lodged with Council seeking approval for a service station and fast food outlet.
“The proposal is for a service station with an integrated food and drink component to be managed by the service station operator,” Cr Sommerfeld said.
“The two components would operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“As part of the submission the applicant states that the site is an ideal location for this type of use as a gateway to the airport.”
Cr Sommerfeld said the site was subject to a preliminary approval as the entire precinct had been included in the planning scheme and earmarked for industrial development.
“A total of 20 fuelling bays are proposed as part of this development in a mix of light and heavy vehicle arrangements.
“In addition to those bays, 25 car parking spaces and two heavy vehicles parking spaces will be available.”
To minimise its impact on the state road corridor the applicant is proposing to base the main entry and exit to the service station on Airport Drive.
“Left-turn only access is being requested from Childers Road which will be referred to the State Government for approval.”
The development would also provide five full-time jobs.
As part of the application, approval for a third-party advertising device is also being sought.