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November 8th, 2013




THE upcoming boom of jobs in the North Lakes region will have an impact so big it will directly affect the unemployment rate.

That’s the assessment of Sarina Russo Strathpine Manager Matt Perry, who said interest in projects like Costco was at an highest high among local job seekers.

The North Lakes Times can reveal almost 9500 jobs are up for grabs in the next two years in the trade, management and retail sectors.

The bulk will come from the Moreton Bay Rail Link (8000), but will also include Costco (410), Bunnings North Lakes (160), Bunnings Brendale (420) and Super Retail Group’s Distribution Centre at Brendale (620).

“That’s huge. We’re talking large international organisations.” Mr Perry said.

“I haven’t seen this kind of growth this quickly before.”

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Small Area Labour Market figures for the quarter from December 2012 to March 2013 have the unemployment rate in Mango Hill/Griffin at 4.8 per cent, below the national average of 5.7 per cent.

“We’ll see it (local unemployment rate) come down,” he said.

Mr Perry said the of the roughly 1000 clients served by Sarina Russo Strathpine, close to 90 per cent were interested in retail or warehouse work.

But he said there would be another side to the story, with the impact on small “mum and dad” businesses yet to be seen.

American retail giant Costco did not put a date on when applications for retail are set to open when contacted by the North Lakes Times.

But construction on the $35 million project began earlier this month.

The $38 million Bunnings North Lakes will open it’s doors in late October.

Recruitment for the project is almost completed, with 160 positions once complete, with more than 230 jobs were created during construction.

It will be the biggest Bunnings in Queensland, at a size of store size of more than 19,000 square metres and parking for 490 cars

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Henry Sapiecha the editor,was directly instrumental in achieving developments in the Mango Hill, Strathpine, Brendale, Kallangur, Bray Park, Petrie areas of Brisbane Qld.He had a business there called Queensland House & Land as well as Compac Realty Pty Ltd. Owned and operated the Northside Home Display centre, Greyhound training facility in Kallangur and & land developments in that area with over 20 persons employed by him. Sold development property to the then Pine Rivers Shire Council for their new works depot & to the shires head solicitor a land parcel designated for subdivision that was designed by Henry Sapiecha. He and his company Compac Realty Pty Ltd were appointed project managers for a new shopping centre development in the shire attracting many large players in the commercial & retail world. Once the project got off the ground major players were clamoring for positions in the development in case they missed out.He was given the project management above the Hookers, Ray Whites, Professionals etc because he was able to demonstrate how best his services could be utilized to the benefit of the property owners. There is a lot more to the story. Interested & qualified persons can contact Henry Sapiecha on a need to know basis for a consultation.

Henry Sapiecha settled a sale of a large industrial acreage of land for AMCOR paper mill for their new multimillion dollar factory complex at Brendale

He was a consultant to the the then Pine Rivers council on commercial & industrial matters.

Property & business valuers were constantly contacting the offices of Henry Sapiecha to determine values of properties in the Pine Rivers Shire as he specialized in that field and had the biggest real estate offices in the north of Brisbane

The area of what is known as the Fraser Coast has got so much of it wrong due to self serving lobbying groups centering their efforts on land that is of little interest to the major players in industry.

The council in their well meaning intent has listened to people who know very little about nothing as to how best serve this area to promote growth and employment.

I have seen so many groups & individuals engaged by the local council & other government departments over the last several years with very little to show for it. The commercial developments currently proposed to be built have had nothing or very little to do with any efforts by council or consultants in getting the developments here

The so called talk fest groups sit around & talk rubbish in the main part with a misguided view of what big business wants & needs

The reality is that the major players in commerce & industry are already aware of what they want to make something work & just need these things presented to them to see if they meet their criteria.

The entire Fraser Coast/Wide Bay Region needs to be assessed on a ‘big picture’ & ‘long term’ level and by anybody’s understanding to date all efforts to do so have been cosmetic, placatory or politically driven at best.

Yes we have an extremely high unemployment rate here

**If you have some input into this argument please comment as it would contribute to the possible growth of this region of how we should be looking at development in the Fraser Coast Region





Draft Fraser Coast Planning Scheme and draft Planning scheme policies Your input is requested

March 15th, 2013

Have your Say now – Proposed

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Make a formal submission to the

Fraser Coast Council

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The public consultation period for the draft Fraser Coast Planning Scheme and draft Planning scheme policies starts on 18 February 2013 and ends on 12 April 2013.  During this period, you are invited to lodge a formal submission for Council’s consideration regarding any issues you may have relating to the draft planning scheme.  Comments can include suggested improvements to the draft planning scheme or support for existing aspects.

All ‘properly made’ submissions must be received by 4.45pm on Friday, 12 April 2013.  In addition to this, there are a number of legal requirements specified in the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 for submissions to be considered ‘properly made’; Council has prepared a number of options to assist in preparing a properly made submission, including two options to lodge your submission electronically:

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Option 1 – Use the online submission form
The online submission form uses SurveyMonkey software and is ideally suited to preparing a submission in one sitting, as it cannot be saved.  Using this submission form provides an efficient means of preparing a submission and ensuring that it is properly made.  This submission form is available here.

Option 2 – Use the Microsoft Excel submission template
The Microsoft Excel submission template is availablehere and on the free CD of the draft planning scheme that is available from Council’s customer service centres.  This submission form provides the opportunity for you to save your submission and/or edit it over a number of sessions. Submissions completed using this form can be lodged electronically by email to

Option 3 – Prepare your own submission
Council encourages the lodgement of electronic submission forms, as outlined in Options 1 and 2. However, submissions that do not utilise Council’s forms can also be emailed to, while hard copies can be lodged in person at one of Council’s customer service centres at Maryborough- 431-433 Kent Street, Hervey Bay- 77 Tavistock Street, Tiaro- (library building) Forgan Terrace or by post to PO Box 1943, Hervey Bay QLD 4655.

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To be considered properly made, submissions must:

  • Be in writing;
  • Be made to the Fraser Coast Regional Council within the consultation period;
  • Include the name and address of each person making the submission;
  • Include the grounds (or reasons) for the submission and the facts and circumstances relied on in support of the grounds;
  • Be signed by each person making the submission if the submission is not lodged electronically; and
  • Must be received by 4.45pm on Friday, 12 April 2013.

To remove any doubt, the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 anticipates the lodgement of electronic, unsigned submissions in the definition of ‘properly made submission’. The definition can be viewed in Schedule 3 of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.

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