Re­tail cen­tre boost for town

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Sophia Con­stan­tine

Em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and eco­nomic growth in New­man is ex­pected to take off with the muchan­tic­i­pated open­ing of Par­nawarri Re­tail Cen­tre.

The cen­tre is the first new re­tail project in New­man for many years and has been iden­ti­fied as a key eco­nomic pri­or­ity to gen­er­ate new business.

With IGA as the an­chor ten­ant, New­man res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to the re­gion can look for­ward to more shop­ping op­tions, such as IGA, Dome Cafe, Sport­sPower and Hilditch Phar­macy.

BHP has in­vested $30 mil­lion into the shop­ping cen­tre, mak­ing it the largest sin­gle in­vest­ment the com­pany has made through its so­cial in­vest­ment pro­gram.

BHP as­set pres­i­dent WA iron ore Edgar Basto, who at­tended the open­ing in New­man this month, said it was a plea­sure to work with many dif­fer­ent Pil­bara or­gan­i­sa­tions to de­sign and de­liver pro­grams that ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity.

“We are com­mit­ted to un­der­tak­ing new ini­tia­tives to sup­port lo­cal pro­cure­ment, lo­cal buy­ing and lo­cal business to en­sure the com­mu­ni­ties where we op­er­ate are vi­brant and sus­tain­able,” he said.

Par­nawarri IGA co-owner Re­becca Pages said it was an im­por­tant mile­stone.

“It’s been lovely meet­ing ev­ery­one as they come into the store. Feed­back on the cen­tre has been re­ally pos­i­tive and I think our pas­sion for sup­port­ing lo­cal sup­pli­ers has re­ally hit the mark,” she said. “We have a spe­cialised butcher in store and we’ll soon be ad­ver­tis­ing for an ap­pren­tice to join the team.

“It’s great to be able pro­vide new ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties and jobs.” This sen­ti­ment was echoed by Elizabeth Hyde, part-owner of the Hilditch Phar­macy, who said the cen­tre had al­ready proved to boost New­man’s vi­brancy as new re­tail­ers be­gan to open.

“We look for­ward to see­ing the New­man com­mu­nity em­brace the new cen­tre and all it has to of­fer,” she said. Par­nawarri trans­lates to the meet­ing and gath­er­ing place where peo­ple come to­gether in the lo­cal Nyiya­parli lan­guage.

Con­struc­tion of the cen­tre was cham­pi­oned by BHP, St Bartholomew’s House, Pin­dan Con­tract­ing and APP Project Man­age­ment.

Shire of East Pil­bara pres­i­dent Lynne Craigie and BHP iron ore boss Edgar Basto.

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