Bunnings still coming to Bega Valley

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Despite a number of delays, a small format Bunnings Warehouse is still on the way for the Bega Valley.

Bega Valley Shire Council has been working closely with government agencies in relation to the proposal to rezone land for a Bunnings Hardware in Tura Beach, on the corner of Sapphire Coast Drive and Tura Beach Drive.

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Director of Community, Environment and Planning with Bega Valley Shire Council, Alice Howe, told East Coast Radio there has been one major reason for the hold up.

"The key issue for the (proposed Bunnings) site is that it's home to the endangered Merimbula Star Hair," Ms Howe said.

 Listen to our chat below with Alice Howe from Bega Valley Shire Council for the latest on the Bunnings development in Tura Beach. 

"So Bunnings is required to identify an off-set site, and it's currently in the process of doing that to enable the development to proceed," she said.

Tura Beach is one of only a handful of locations in NSW where the plant is found.

Because the Merimbula Star Hair is identified as an endangered species and it's very locally distributed around the Tura Beach area, any development that impacts on the species requires a conservation outcome.

"For the Bunnings site it means an alternative site is identified for conservation of the Merimbula Star Hair," Ms Howe continued.

"Bunnings has been working through a number of different options in terms of sites,"

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Whatever site is chosen around the Tura Beach area, will need to satisfy the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment - Biodiversity and Conservation Division.

"They've been working together to identify an appropriate location."

Once an alternative site is found, Ms Howe said things will move forward from there.

"The next step is for a planning proposal to come back to council for consideration," Ms Howe stated.

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"We're obviously in the caretaker period ahead of the local government elections, so it's most likely that that would be considered by the new council in the new year."

Image Credit: Bega Valley Shire Council