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THE GOLD COAST’S new­est shop­ping cen­tre is be­ing cel­e­brated as a vi­tal move for Pim­pama ahead of its of­fi­cial open­ing next week.

Pim­pama City brings 40 new out­lets to its 14-hectare site and ex­pected to cre­ate more than 400 jobs.

Gold Coast Deputy Mayor Donna Gates said the cen­tre was very much needed as the area’s pop­u­la­tion had grown by more than 3000 people in the past few years.

“It’s go­ing to be great for the lo­cal com­mu­nity to have ac­cess to the shops that are go­ing to be avail­able, which has never pre­vi­ously been the case,” she said.

“It’s the sec­ond-fastest grow­ing area in Aus­tralia, so it’s im­por­tant that people who live there have ac­cess to the cen­tres and recre­ational space they need.”

Pim­pama is pre­dicted to grow mas­sively dur­ing the next few years, al­ready pre­dicted to reach more than 20,000 res­i­dents this year.

De­vel­op­ers have com­mis­sioned ur­ban artist Heesco Khos­naran to cap­ture the area’s “ru­ral his­tory” in a series of mu­rals around the cen­tre.

The works pay trib­ute to the sugar in­dus­try and the rail­way sta­tion that was once on the site.

Mr Khos­naran said he drew in­spi­ra­tion from his­tor­i­cal pho­tos of Pim­pama to cre­ate the mu­rals, which will grace three con­crete walls in the cen­tre.

“The chal­lenge for me has been to bring the past alive and give it some con­text in a mod­ern set­ting,” he said.

Pim­pama City will be of­fi­cially opened on Fri­day.

Street artist Heesco Khos­naran has cre­ated a series of mu­rals at the new Pim­pama shop­ping cen­tre.

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