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Councillors agree to conditions on proposed trade expansion for Bunnings site

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Australia’s biggest hardware store could deliver a new outlet in Noosa that will expand its offerings for tradies in the region.

A Bunnings Trade Centre has been approved for a site at Noosaville adjacent to the existing Bunnings Warehouse.

Bunnings Trade primarily offers supplies and commercial-grade equipment to professional tradespeople such as builders, plumbers, electricians and landscapers.

Known as the Noosa Trade Centre, it will be located on the same block as Bunnings Warehouse on Eumundi-Noosa Road, on a currently vacant portion of the site.

The Bunnings Trade Centre would have separate driveway access to the existing Bunnings Warehouse, via Gateway Drive, and include its own car park.

The development was initially approved by Noosa Council last year, with amended conditions carried unanimously at a Planning and Environment Committee Meeting this week.

A report presented at the meeting recommended that a negotiated decision be issued based off the conditions.

An aerial view of the Bunnings Warehouse site at Noosaville, which includes vegetated land to the north where the Noosa Trade Centre would be located. Picture: Nearmap.

“An application for a hardware and trade supplies store was approved by council at its Ordinary Meeting on October 26, 2023, subject to conditions, including required plan amendments regarding the northern exit driveway design, the proposed building’s height and provision of an awning to the front facade,” the report stated.

“The applicant suspended the appeal period and made representations on December 4, 2023, to the development approval conditions.

“Following discussions with the applicant, further plans were subsequently provided to council on March 4, 2024, with the time frame for a negotiated decision extended to enable the application to be reported back to council.”

The councillors unanimously agreed upon the amended conditions, which included reducing the building height from 12.14m to 10.94m.

An impression of the Bunnings Trade Centre at Noosa.

“While the proposed building still exceeds the code’s acceptable outcome for building height of 10m, the proposed height of 10.94m to the roof pitch is compatible with the height of buildings in the area and will not visually impact on the streetscape,” the report stated.

“Some minor amendments are however recommended to the conditions regarding external colours, performance bond, street trees and acid sulphate soils.”

No changes would be made to the Bunning Warehouse store, which will remain open for retail customers.

Sunshine Coast News contacted Bunnings Warehouse for comment, however the company declined to comment on the development at this stage.

There is currently only one Bunnings Trade store on the Sunshine Coast, located at Kunda Park.

The aerial imagery in this story is from Australian location intelligence company Nearmap. The company provides government organisations, architectural, construction and engineering firms, and other companies with easy, instant access to high-resolution aerial imagery, city-scale 3D content, artificial intelligence data sets, and geospatial tools to assist with urban planning, monitoring and development projects in Australia, New Zealand and North America.

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