Masters applies to move forward

AS AUGUST rolls around today, Masters hardware has just 30 days to have "substantial commencement" made on its $30 million FE Walker St hardware store, despite no work starting on site yet.

The tight deadline comes as Masters was granted a third extension by the Bundaberg Regional Council on its construction start date from its original March 31 deadline.

But behind the scenes, the hardware giant has been working toward a construction start date with an application submitted to the Bundaberg Regional Council for an operational works permit.

The council's senior development engineer Adam Johnston approved the application this week.

But when the NewsMail asked Masters when it planned to start work on the site a Woolworths Limited spokesperson responded and said there were no set timelines.

Woolworths Limited owns Masters and other companies including Woolworths, Big W, Dan Murphy's and BWS.

"The current land owner is soon to undertake earth works at the site," the Woolworths spokesman said.

The FE Walker St land where Masters has approval to be constructed is owned by Santalucia Corporation.

"Once this is complete we will finalise the timeline to commence construction of the Masters development," the Woolworth spokesman said.

"We will communicate these timings in due course."Masters Home Improvement is a national hardware store that was launched in 2011.

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