STORM BREWING: Alan Olsen, David Kemp and Helen Harm all hold grave concerns over the proposed Bunnings development.
STORM BREWING: Alan Olsen, David Kemp and Helen Harm all hold grave concerns over the proposed Bunnings development. Molly Glassey

Residents ask council, why put a Bunnings here?

RESIDENTS and business owners situated in Warwick's flood zone have continued to air the concerns about the the proposed Bunnings development on Canning St.

Alan Olsen of Olsen's Home Timber and Hardware insisted it was not Bunnings the residents had a problem with.

"It could be any business that decided to build in the floodzone, and we would be equally as zone concerned," he said.

"The matter is, no one should be building there."

A group of 20 people gathered Monday morning to discuss their issues with the Bunnings development lodgement, compiling a list of reasons why they thought council should knock it back.

The group claims the development:

Compromised the planning schemes of the area;

Did not comply with the purpose of the zone;

Conflicted with the framework of the planning;

Was at a height above natural ground level that was excessive for the area;

Did not provide sufficient car parking;

Was over development of the site

Was subject to flooding


Former Deputy Mayor Ross Bartley said if the group wanted change, they would have to alter "the nature of the debate" surrounding the impact the building could have on flooding.

"We don't know what happens on the flood plain," he said.

"As much as council say they know what effect it will have... they don't.

"We can't determine the effect of the flood, and that's what (Peter) See said at the meeting last week."

That's the big concern, according to Mr Olsen, whose Fitzroy St business is one of the first to go under during floods.

"They have worked off a one-in-a-100-year flood model," Mr Olsen said.

"What we want to know about are the smaller floods and what effect the Bunnings building will have on us then.

"Then there's the one-in-200 (year) flood; what effect will something more intense have?"

He feared that once one building was allowed in the flood zone, others would follow suit.

"It should never have been allowed to start planning here," he said.

"It's a flood zone.

"You let one building in and then the rest follow."

Mr Bartley agreed, saying the land came under mixed zoning, something that would be compromised by the introduction of a bulky goods trade store. "You're changing a rural area to a commercial area," he said.

Helen Harm, who owns a business in the Fitzroy St flood zone, asked if introducing the Bunnings would set a precedent for building in the area.

Mr Bartley said that was unlikely to be the case.

"It doesn't set a precedent as people 'may' do it... people 'may' build there," he said.

David Kemp of B&K Motors said if Bunnings went ahead, it was difficult to tell what would happen.

"It seems unbelievable to me that one yes vote from the council could put 15 to 20 businesses in jeopardy," he said.