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Su­per­mar­ket first step in grand plan for 16ha site on high­way

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Marissa Ge­or­gopou­los

A SU­PER­MAR­KET will be the first piece in a mega 50,000sq m re­tail hub in East­ern Creek.

Western Syd­ney Park­lands Trust last week an­nounced it had handed ex­clu­sive devel­op­ment man­age­ment rights of the planned cen­tre to Frasers Prop­erty. The huge fa­cil­ity is ex­pected to cre­ate more than 1000 lo­cal jobs and 500 con­struc­tion con­tracts.

De­spite be­ing “early days”, Frasers Prop­erty has a grand vi­sion for the 16ha site on the Great Western High­way bounded by the M7 and Rooty Hill Rd South.

Frasers Prop­erty’s ex­ec­u­tive gen­eral man­ager Peri Macdon­ald said the con­cept plan in­cluded a 10,000sq m gen­eral re­tail precinct in­cor­po­rat­ing as­so­ci­ated shops and ser­vices.

This would be in ad­di­tion to 40,000sq m of “bulky goods and large for­mat re­tail”.

“We are look­ing at get­ting un­der way, with the first stage likely to be a su­per­mar­ket-based cen­tre, once ap­provals are in place, hope­fully late next year,” Mr Macdon­ald said.

Con­struc­tion is ex­pected to take place over the next five years over four stages.

“It is so well-lo­cated … and with all the other ac­tiv­ity hap­pen­ing, such as the pro­posed western Syd­ney zoo, we’re par­tic­u­larly ex­cited about the op­por­tu­nity it holds,” Mr Macdon­ald said.

Mt Druitt state La­bor MP Ed­mond Atalla said he was con­cerned about the im­pact the hub would have on ex­ist­ing busi­nesses nearby.

RE­TAIL HUB Plan­ning moves ahead

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