Eaton growth positive: chamber
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.