Bundaberg Open for Development

Bundaberg Open for Development

The Bundaberg Regional Council recognises that the development and construction industry is a key component of the Bundaberg
regional economy, providing jobs for nearly 3000 local residents and contributing over $350 million to the gross regional product.  The
"Bundaberg Open for Development" initiative aims to make it easier for developers to do business with Council and provides a range of incentives
designed to stimulate development activity which leads to increased economic growth and employment in the greater Bundaberg region.

Bundaberg Open for Development - 2016 Development Incentives

The Bundaberg Regional Council is firmly committed to supporting development and construction sector of the economy to provide employment and economic growth for our region. 

Following on from the success of the incentives for development provided in 2013, the Council released a new range of incentives on 19 July 2016 to stimulate further development activity, provide opportunities for longer term job creation and to assist housing affordability in our region. 

Council is offering generous discounts off infrastructure charges for development that is completed by 19 July 2018 across four broad categories:

  • 100% discounts for development in the Bundaberg CBD and town centres of Bargara, Childers and Gin Gin;
  • 100% discounts for Intensive Horticulture, Rural Industry, Aquaculture and Winery (where in a Rural zone) developments and 50% discounts for Intensive Animal Industry and development that provides housing for itinerant farm workers and
    backpackers;
  • 50% discounts for Long Term Employment Generating (Industrial, Medical, Commercial (where in a Commercial Zone) and Tourism) development; and
  • 50% discounts for certain infill residential and green-field residential developments, as well as substantial discounts for rural residential subdivision in hinterland areas.

Full details regarding these incentives and what development is eligible can be found in the Rules & Procedures attached to Bundaberg Open for Development 2016 application form, provided below with other useful guidance material:  

To qualify for the incentives, it is necessary to make a quick and easy application to Council before 19 July 2017 and complete your development before
19 July 2018.


If you are looking to develop in the Bundaberg Region, the Council is here to assist. To find out how you can take advantage of these incentives and other ways that we can help you with your development proposal, please contact the Development Group on 1300 883 699 or email us on Duty_Planner@Bundaberg.qld.gov.au.

Pre-lodgement Meetings

Council offers a totally free service for developers where they can attend pre-lodgement meetings with senior Council Development staff who are also decision makers.

More information, including a meeting request form, regarding this service can be found within the below links:

For further information about Council's Pre-lodgement Meetings, please contact the Development Services Officer by emailing duty_planner@bundaberg.qld.gov.au or phoning 1300 883 699.

Assistance for Major Development Projects

Council provides a dedicated Senior Planner to provide pre-lodgement and assessment services for major development proposals. The Senior Planner Major Projects is a go-to person for industry and consultants looking to undertake projects of regional significance. As the Senior Planner is focussed on these projects, Council can offer faster assessment times and specialised assistance to ensure that these projects can be delivered as quickly as possible.

For further assistance and information regarding major development projects, please contact the Senior Planner Major Projects by phoning 1300 883
699 or visit the Development Counter on the first floor of Council's offices at 190 Bourbong Street, Bundaberg.

Fast Tracking Development and the Development Innovation Project

Council has commenced participation in the DA Innovation Project, a new program co-funded by the State Government, Local Government Association Queensland and the Bundaberg Regional Council. The project aims to reduce red tape and assessment times as a further stimulus to the development
industry. As part of this program and the Bundaberg Open for Development Initiative, Council has introduced:

  • Fast tracking of low complexity applications and concurrence agency referrals, targeting a five day assessment period; 
  • A new standard conditions package aimed at reducing onerous and unnecessary conditioning of approvals; and
  • New streamlined internal processes that mean applications are subject to less red tape and decided more quickly.

Other key outcomes that Council is seeking to achieve from participation in the project include:

  • Speeding up operational works applications, including possible self-assessment for low risk works;
  • Allowing on-line lodgement of documentation by private building certifiers; 
  • A new Development Manual that standardizes and simplifies civil works requirements for new development.

In addition to these and other initiatives, Council recently adopted a new Planning Scheme on the 19th October 2015 for the whole of the
Bundaberg Region with the aim to reduce red tape and facilitate good development in appropriate locations.

For more information on the Bundaberg Region Planning Scheme, click here.

Development and Infrastructure Projects

Council has approved a number of major development proposals across the region, including new residential, commercial and industrial developments.  In addition, the Council is delivering on a number of significant infrastructure projects that will be the catalyst for further development activity. To find out more about these major projects click here.



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