High-profile national hardware retailer Bunnings has its eyes on a five-hectare site at Surf Beach for a bulky goods outlet.
Eurobodalla Shire Council voted 7-2 to initiate negotiations with Bunnings for the sale or lease of the council’s industrial land.
Bunnings’ potential entry came after Walker Corporation withdrew its plans to develop a warehouse on the same site when faced with strong opposition from the community over environmental issues.
Mayor Neil Mumme said negotiations will proceed with the company over the coming weeks, with an announcement about the details to be made by the end of June.
Mr Mumme said while complex processes lie ahead before the completion of the deal, the company’s settlement would bring about positive impacts on the community.
”It is early days as a negotiations process to happen over either the sale or the lease of the land and then it has to go through the development DA process which can become quite a difficult process,” MR Mumme told the ABC.
”I think if we can put to bed the negotiation process and come to a position where council signs off and agrees and moves ahead, I think it is a great outcome for the area and employment and investment in such a hard economic time.”