Hinkler Central has lodged plans to expand the shopping centre to offer health care services in a new Hinkler Medical wing.
If approved, the application would provide a new pharmacy, medical centre and modified retail tenancies.
Bundaberg Regional Council planning and development spokesperson Cr Ross Sommerfeld said the proposed Hinkler Medical expansion would be located opposite Coles and fronting Electra Street.
“This proposal would create three new tenancies for what is one of Bundaberg’s major shopping centres,” Cr Sommerfeld said.
“Hinkler Medical would incorporate a medical centre and pharmacy in addition to an additional retail space.
“The proposal also details plans to reconfigure existing tenancies for new specialty shops.
“The extension would completely change the face of the centre on the northern side where the taxi rank is currently located.
“The applicant believes the designs lodged for approval would contribute to a vibrant and active street and improve the character of the building.”
Hinkler Medical expansion plans
The new area would add an additional 1368 square metres to Hinkler Central’s ground floor area.
Of that space the pharmacy would make up 700 m2 and the medical centre 350 m2.
Cr Sommerfeld said to accommodate the expansion, the taxi rank and a number of parking spaces would be removed.
“A total of 26 car parks are proposed to be removed to make way for the Hinkler Medical expansion.
“The applicant believes this will leave an adequate amount of parking available for shoppers, taking the centre to a reduced total of 1026 parks.
“As part of the application Hinkler Central has provided an analysis of parking survey data which they say shows a sufficient amount of parking will be provided.”
The Hinkler Medical expansion application is now with Council for assessment.
About Hinkler Central
Hinkler Central is a major shopping centre located in the Bundaberg CBD.
In addition to a number of retail and food and drink shops the centre features anchor tenants Woolworths, Coles and Kmart.