DESPITE lodging its development application (DA) a year ago, Bunnings Warehouse is yet to have its ambitious plan to relocate to the corner of the Northern Distributor and Leeds Parade approved by Orange City Council.
If the development gets the go-ahead, Bunnings will spend $30 million on the land, construction, store fit-out and stock.
Bunnings chief operating officer Peter Davis said his company was continuing to work closely with council on the DA.
“Bunnings is committed to co-operating with the council throughout this process and understands that a road access upgrade to a portion of Leeds Parade will be required,” he said.
“If approved, the development would represent an investment of over $30 million, as well as providing jobs for over 150 local residents, and over 240 jobs during the construction phase.”
Mr Davis said the new store would offer an improved and wider range of home improvement and outdoor living products to better service the Orange community.
He said it was too early to speculate when work would commence at the site.
Orange City Council spokesman Allan Reeder said the proposed Bunnings project would be constructed at a key site on the bypass.
“Since the DA was first lodged there’s been progress on a number of matters since then,” he said.
“There are number of issues to be resolved about the proposed new Bunnings project, which are now in the hands of the applicant.
“One of those involves another organisation other than council.”