REVEALED: Monster Gympie industrial park flagged for 1800ha
A MEGA-industrial park rivalling Gympie city in size is being explored in the region's south - city leaders hope it will begin to take shape within the next decade.
The Gympie Gateway Employment Hub is proposed to sit within an 1800ha area near Kybong.
The proposed area is zoned rural but marked as "industrial investigation" in the 2013 Planning Scheme.
It stretches from the Golden Nugget to Traveston Rd and west to the edge of the Mary River at The Dawn.
Mayor Mick Curran said he hoped the industrial park, if given a green light by the council, could be in development within the next decade.
And it might get a big helping hand.
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"It would certainly be my hope that area could become a State development area like the Port of Bundaberg," Cr Curran said.
Responding to a question by Cr Bob Fredman at last week's workshop about whether the next five-to-10 years was a reasonable timeline to start the project, Cr Curran said there was an appetite for swiftness.
"It's going to be a lot quicker than that, I hope," he said.
The Mayor said the State was considering two options for its "next cab off the rank" and he hoped the Kybong development was one.
The 6076ha Bundaberg development scheme was approved by the Queensland Government in 2017.
Councillors were told at the workshop the Gympie Bypass and the Mary Valley Link Rd projects meant the proposal needed a closer look.
An in-depth study of the land, its constraints and infrastructure is underway.
Council manager Chris Engle told the meeting these studies will inform how the region's south could be amended, but "won't suddenly change the planning scheme overnight" and the land would still need to be rezoned.
Cr Curran said the entire park would not be finished for 40-50 years, but it was key to have the planning in place now.
"It's not going to happen overnight," he said.
"We've got to work to take advantage of the Highway upgrades at Kybong.
"We will work with whichever State Government is elected to make it happen."