Ea­ton growth pos­i­tive: cham­ber

South Western Times - - NEWS - AARON COR­LETT

THE ex­pan­sion of the Ea­ton Fair Shop­ping Cen­tre is a pos­i­tive step for Greater Bun­bury, ac­cord­ing to Bun­bury Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­tries chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ray Philp.

The South Western Times re­vealed last week that Ci­ty­gate Prop­er­ties had pur­chased the ma­jor­ity of Coun­cil Drive to ex­pand the shop­ping cen­tre and link it with Dar­danup Shire Coun­cil’s ex- tended ad­min­is­tra­tion cen­tre, new li­brary and sport­ing pavil­ions at Glen Huon Re­serve

Mr Philp said he be­lieved the de­vel­op­ment showed there was con­fi­dence in the growth of the Greater Bun­bury area.

“The de­vel­op­ment is in line with the fore­cast pop­u­la­tion growth of the area and with the new city of Wanju to be built, I be­lieve that re­gion is go­ing to be a growth cen­tre,” he said.

“It’s great to see the de­vel­op­ment and it’s a pos­i­tive out­come for the re­gion be­cause it’s cer­tainly go­ing to give peo­ple some choice.”

The project is sub­ject to ap­proval from the Depart­ment of Lands and con­struc­tion has been es­ti­mated to be at least 18 months to two years away.

Mr Philp said he be­lieved the ex­pan­sion of the Ea­ton Fair Shop­ping Cen­tre would be good for com­pe­ti­tion be­tween busi­nesses in the re­gion.

“We are see­ing de­vel­op­ments around Greater Bun­bury from Treendale to Da­lyellup and there are plenty of places to shop like the Home­mak­ers Cen­tre,” he said.

Mr Philp said he be­lieved a strong Bun­bury cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict was im­por­tant to the re­gion.

“I think a lot of peo­ple agree that the cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict at­tracts peo­ple in and then they can go else­where,” he said.

“We are see­ing a trend in Perth that peo­ple want to shop, see a mo- vie and have a meal and I think that is an ad­van­tage of the Bun­bury cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict as well as the fact there are unique shops there.”

Dar­danup shire pres­i­dent Mick Ben­nett said he hoped the ex­pan­sion of Ea­ton Fair Shop­ping Cen­tre cre­ated more jobs.

“We are hop­ing it doesn’t cost jobs around the re­gion but ac­tu­ally cre­ates more em­ploy­ment be­cause I think that is im­por­tant in the greater pic­ture,” he said.

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