Warragul One Step Closer to Large Retail Development

Published on 15 February 2018

Momentum is steadily building for a large-scale retail development in Warragul with Baw Baw Shire Council resolving to gauge support from the State Minister for Planning for the necessary rezoning of land.

Plans for the large-scale retail development include provisions for a Kmart and a full-line Bunnings warehouse.

A developer has committed to the project pending the appropriate rezoning of the proposed site, located on the corner of Queen Street and Hazel Drive in Warragul.

Ultimately, the rezoning decision lies with the State Minister for Planning who will need to approve a Planning Scheme Amendment to allow the site to be developed for retail purposes.

Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Councillor Joe Gauci said a retail project of this scale would offer more diverse, innovative, accessible shopping opportunities that our growing community wants and needs.

“Not only a much-needed boost to our local economy, a project of this scale will see an estimated equivalent of 292 full time jobs created in our Shire”, said the Mayor.

“Access to retail has been a sore spot for our community for some time now. Historically, Council has been viewed as preventing any such developments from proceeding, but this simply isn’t the case.

“Council has been a strong advocate for more large-scale retail in the Shire, but ultimately, without a keen developer and lease agreements in place, there was little in our power to make this happen.

“This new development is welcome news and we are committed to doing all that we can to see the project over the line.”

The Mayor also thanked the almost 3,000 community members who participated in a recent poll on Council’s Facebook page which reignited conversation on the topic.

“96.9 per cent of respondents were in support of a large-scale retail development. This overwhelming support will be used to strengthen the case we put forward to the Minister”, said the Mayor.

Council’s letter of support will be sent to the Minister for Planning as early as next week.