Flames roar from the upper storey of Kingaroy’s Broadway Hotel in December 2022 … this was followed by a second fire on the ground floor in September 2023 (Photo: Supplied)

April 16, 2024

South Burnett Regional Council has given development approval to five projects that could help transform the Kingaroy and Wondai CBDs.

On March 28, Council approved an application by Jamptock Pty Ltd to demolish the derelict Broadway Hotel in Kingaroy Street and erect a modern, two-storey building.

A hotel and bottleshop would be on the ground floor with 18 two- and three-bedroom short-term accommodation units on the first floor.

The development would also take in an adjoining block at 14-16 Glendon Street, currently occupied by a house and shed which would be demolished.

The Broadway Hotel building dates to 1937 but has been vacant since it stopped trading several years ago.

Parts of it were extensively damaged by fires in 2022 and 2023.

The site is located next to a former row of dilapidated shops which were demolished last year, eliminating one of Kingaroy CBD’s biggest eyesores.

At present, this adjoining block now sits empty while its owners consider future uses for the site.

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The Kingaroy Country Motel in Knight Street has been given approval to add an extra 10 units to its existing 20-unit motel at 32-36 Knight Street.

The expansion would entail the demolition or removal of an adjoining building on the corner of Pound Street.

A spokesperson for the motel said the expansion was being driven by demand from workers employed on local renewable energy projects.

No firm date has been set for construction but it is expected work on the project will proceed as soon as it is practical.

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South Burnett Regional Council has also given approval for the construction of a 14-unit, short-term accommodation complex at at the corner of Harris Road and Hodge Street in Kingaroy.

The site will be landscaped and guests will not be allowed to check in – or use outdoor decks and patios – between 10:00pm and 6:00am to minimise noise for nearby residents.

The site is owned by Peppertree Cabins and the complex will extend its current accommodation offerings.

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E.E. Muir and Sons – which operates an agricultural supplies store at 107 River Road in Kingaroy – has been given approval to add a fertiliser processing plant to their site.

The new plant is expected to produce up to 1000 tonnes of fertiliser per year once it becomes fully operational.

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FLASHBACK: The Boisens building in Wondai in 2019 … the plan is for the building to be demolished to make way for a modern retail complex on the site

The site formerly occupied by Mick Boisen’s store in Haly Street, Wondai – and an adjoining rear property at 72 Edward Street – are set to become a modern retail area.

Mr Boisen died in August 2010, aged 89. A portion of his former building is currently occupied by Tillo’s Antiques and Collectables which plans to close in early May.

Wondai Property Holdings Pty Ltd has been given development approval by the SBRC to clear the site and build a modern retail store with 30 car parks at the rear along with four short-stay parking bays at the front of the site.

The development is the latest approved for Haly Street, following a 2022 plan to build a service station and food and drink outlet on the block next door.

This project was approved by the SBRC in October 2022 subject to a range of conditions, some of which were subsequently disputed by the developer, VB 1888 Pty Ltd, and are still in mediation.

A view of the site, looking towards the roundabout
Another view, looking towards Tingoora
A view of the complex’s rear parking lot, which will accommodate 30 car parks

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