Bunnings plan gains strength

GYMPIE'S planned $41 million Bunnings Warehouse edged closer to reality at the weekend when building company Total Construction advertised for subcontractors and suppliers to price the project.

Gympie Regional Council's planning department said yesterday it was now waiting for Main Roads to sign-off on the Bunnings' development application.

Bunnings will next year build a 14,600sq m warehouse and showroom on the site of the former Twin Lakes Caravan Park in Hall Rd.

Subcontractors were also invited to price the reconstruction of Gympie's KFC outlet at the corner of the Bruce Hwy and Channon St.

Collins Foods, which operates Queensland's 122 KFC outlets, confirmed yesterday the Gympie outlet would receive a complete internal refurbishment some time in the first six months of next year, as well as a new drive-through and new signage.