More shops on the way

ELLENBROOK SHOP­PING CEN­TRE TO DOU­BLE IN SIZE

The Advocate (Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Lisa Thomas

THE Metro-East Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel has ap­proved an $85 mil­lion ex­pan­sion to Ellenbrook Cen­tral shop­ping cen­tre, which in­cludes plans for a 10-screen cin­ema, tav­ern, restau­rant and a dis­count depart­ment store.

Plans to ex­pand the shop­ping cen­tre to dou­ble its size and in­clude 20 new spe­cialty stores were ap­proved last week.

Vicin­ity Cen­tres gen­eral man­ager of de­vel­op­ment Carolyn Viney said once com­pleted, the ex­pan­sion would help sup­port the growth of Ellenbrook.

She said Vicin­ity Cen­tres was ex­cited to share more an­nounce­ments around the vi­sion for Ellenbrook Cen­tral.

“Once com­pleted, the ex­panded Ellenbrook Cen­tral will pro­vide a range of new en­ter­tain­ment and din­ing op­tions for our lo­cal com­mu­nity, as well as new re­tail­ers,” she said.

“We know Ellenbrook is one of the na­tion’s fastest-grow­ing catch­ments in the heart of a ma­jor growth cor­ri­dor, with pop­u­la­tion growth av­er­ag­ing 12 per cent per an­num since 2011.”

Ms Viney did not con­firm the con­struc­tion start date but she was look­ing for­ward to see­ing the ex­pan­sion get off the ground.

The ex­pan­sion will also in­clude two fast food out­lets, an ex­hi­bi­tion cen­tre and con­ve­nience store.

City of Swan chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Fo­ley said the City wel­comed the de­vel­op­ment.

“Ellenbrook is only 20 years old, yet it has al­ready reached a point where it needs to ex­pand, which is a tes­ta­ment to the rapid pop­u­la­tion growth oc­cur­ring in the area,” he said.

“The pop­u­la­tion of the Ellenbrook lo­cal area, which in­cludes Ave­ley, Ellenbrook, and parts of Hen­ley Brooke, Lexia, The Vines and Up­per Swan, is set to grow from 40,836 res­i­dents to 70,723 by 2036, which is a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease of more than 70 per cent.

“The City wel­comes de­vel­op­ments that meet the needs of our rapidly grow­ing pop­u­la­tion and con­trib­ute to­ward mak­ing the City a bet­ter place to live, work and recre­ate.”

Plans for the Ellenbrook Cen­tral shop­ping cen­tre (pic­tured) ex­pan­sion have been ap­proved by the Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel.

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