Have you seen the new Bunnings? You can't miss it...
THE first bricks have been laid at the huge new Bunnings Warehouse in Warwick, giving the first glimpse of how big the new store will be.
A brick wall about 4 metres high has been constructed on the Canning St site, which spans about 7000 square metres.
The size of the new store has been no shock to neighbouring business owners who originally fought the development due to concerns over flooding.
Centre Point Mid City Motor Inn owner Eddy Raets said he was overwhelmed by the height, size and dust from the new structure.
"It's going to be an eyesore. We had reasonable views along the paddocks, now this massive shed is going to go up,” he said.
"I'm not impressed but there's not much we can do about it now.”
Real estate agent Helen Harm said she did everything she could with the funds available to stop the development.
"It's no better than what I was imagining,” she said.
Concern about the potential damage caused by flooding is still on Mrs Harm's mind.
"You can't put a two-acre island in the middle of the flood stream and expect nothing to happen, it's unrealistic,” she said.
Bunnings general manager property Andrew Marks said a design was developed based on a flood report.
"As part of the development application for the new Bunnings Warehouse Warwick, a flood report by a qualified engineer confirmed the design requirements for the project. These will be adhered to,” he said.
The store is expected to open in late 2018.
Good news....except for flooding
RESIDENTS believe the new Bunnings development shows Warwick is growing, but are concerned about where the water will go when the area next floods.
Christine Stacy said the building was bigger than she expected but it would be good for Warwick.
"It's progress. The town is growing and developing, like the shopping centre,” she said.
But she was worried about other premises that might be affected if floodwaters rose.
"I'm concerned about how the water flow will change,” she said. "It'll be interesting to see what happens with the next flood.”
Warwick carpenter Jack Wallace said he didn't think the store was in an ideal location.
"They've built it up a fair way to get out of the way of the floods,” he said.
But he was hopeful a bigger store would mean more products for local tradespeople.
"It'll be a good thing for Warwick and hopefully it'll mean more work for the trades,” Mr Wallace said.
Improved access will be a bonus according to Warwick resident Donny Risk.
"It'll be more efficient because it's not in the main street,” he said.
"I think down there it'll be better and easier for the tradies to reverse out.
Gail Steele owns Steele's Bakery, which backs onto the site of the new Bunnings.
Mrs Steele said the development was a positive indication of how Warwick was progressing.
"They must have a lot of confidence to build it that size because it's a massive building, that's for sure,” she said.
But flooding was always a concern in the area, she said.
"We're always watching the rainfall to have a plan,” she said.