Bunnings mega-store location revealed

by | Feb 9, 2022

A new mega, two-level Bunnings Warehouse store is being proposed for the town of Tweed Heads in New South Wales, just under one kilometre from its existing store, according to a Tweed Daily News report.

With an expected floor space of 18,200 square meters, the new store will be about double that of the existing store and is expected to include an underground parking lot.

A voluntary planning agreement for the proposal Tweed Shire councillors was discussed at a recent meeting, according to the report. The agreement is expected to also result in payments known as “trip ends” for excess traffic generation under the Tweed Road Contribution Plan to be transferred from the existing site to the new site.

The store’s current Greenway Drive site is owned by Harvey Norman, as is the proposed new address located at 44 Enterprise Ave, with the existing Bunnings site to be provided for a “lower intensity use” under the agreement, according to the report.

Local Councillor James Owen said he was keen to see the new store facilitate a sausage sizzle again.

“I have spoken to Bunnings; they have said they just cannot accommodate the barbecue down there at that site anymore. Hopefully, we can approve this and get them relocated as soon as possible so we can get the sausage sizzle back,” Mr Owen said in the report.

Currently, there were concerns regarding traffic generated by the new store, according to Councillor Warren Polglase who said concerns lie particularly around trucks, utes and trailers, with the installation of traffic lights or roundabouts a possibility.

“We should be awfully aware of the issues by traffic because there is only one road in and one road out,” Mr Polglase said in the report.

Mayor Chris Cherry agreed there were some concerns about the traffic in the new location, however she was in favour of the 100 jobs the larger store was create.

“It would have been helpful when the border was closed,” Ms Cherry said.

Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the voluntary planning agreement, while Bunnings Area Manager Luke Underwood said the plans for the new store were still tentative.

“We regularly review opportunities to improve our existing store network and better service local customers, but have no firm plans in place for our Tweed Heads store at this stage,” Mr Underwood said in the report.

No development application has been lodged as yet.