Approval for multi-million dollar
Costco development in the Moreton Bay region of North Lakes has been granted by the Newman Government this week.
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, Jeff Seeney, authorized the development in order to help strengthen the Queensland economy and in particular, the fast growing south-east region.
Seeney states the development will open up 350 jobs in retail and 160 construction positions.
“The development will provide new business opportunities in the north Brisbane-Moreton Bay regions and contribute to growing and stimulating the construction industry.”
The development was approved under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 after being previously appealed by objectors in the Planning and Environment Court.
“I did not rush this decision, and I took the time necessary to make sure I was making the right decision for the community and the state,” said Seeney.
In response to objections to the development, he believes it is important to consider the future economic well-being of Queensland.
“We need to ensure that applications such as this do not get bogged down in protracted legal proceedings,” said Seeney.
Following this, the Minister’s decision can not be appealed in the Planning and Environment Court.