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Businesses petition to reduce Kingaroy Bunnings proposal

Mark Petrakis from Earl's Paints said the potential new Bunnings stores will force smaller retailers to cut jobs.
Mark Petrakis from Earl's Paints said the potential new Bunnings stores will force smaller retailers to cut jobs. Michael Nolan

A GROUP of South Burnett retailers are petitioning for Bunnings to reduce the size of its proposed Kingaroy store.

The businesses are circulating a petition calling for South Burnett Regional Council to reject the large-format Bunnings development, claiming the proposed size would push the smaller retailers out of business and lead to underemployment.

Earl's Paints manager Mark Petrakis said he backed the petition and it was likely he could lose at least one staff member if a Bunnings of the proposed size was built.

"By all means Bunnings should come to Kingaroy, we're not saying no, but does it need to be a store the size of the Toowoomba?" Mr Petrakis said.

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South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell said the council did not take commercial competition into account when assessing development applications.

"The potential impact of the Bunnings store on retail competitors is not a relevant planning matter to consider by Council and existing case law confirms that Council may not consider trade objections in its decision making," Cr Campbell said.

"There will be positive wider economic benefits of the proposal in that it will attract more people to Kingaroy that are currently travelling to Dalby and Toowoomba to visit a Bunnings store."

Residents can have their say on the development by September 13.

Visit the South Burnett Regional Council website for more information.

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