REVEALED: Big plans for cinema complex in Urraween

WHAT WE KNOW

  • Proposal includes plans for cinema complex and six-storey office block.
  • Complex will be located on Bay Dr, Urraween opposite Stockland Hervey Bay
  • Preliminary development plans will go before council in 2017

FANCY a peek at the big screen, Urraween?

Preliminary development plans for a $60 million cineplex along Bay Dr, complete with shopping outlets, have been recently unveiled by the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

And it's already getting Fraser Coast residents excited.

An artist's impression of the cinema and office complex to be located on Bay Dr, Urraween.
An artist's impression of the cinema and office complex to be located on Bay Dr, Urraween. Peddle Thorp Architects

Councillor Denis Chapman, who holds the portfolio for Planning and Infrastructure, said this was a great development for the area.

"It's another Lego block within the building of the Fraser Coast. When we put a new block in, it builds the region up and makes the Fraser Coast a better place to live," he said.

"We're working with investors and developers in the region to bring jobs - jobs in construction, in government offices, in food and cafe stalls, in how the complex will be run.

"It also gives someone in town somewhere different to go out to."

The application for "a material change of use to extend existing shopping centre (shops, food & drink outlet, theatre (cinema)) and office" was originally lodged with council on November 21, but was acknowledged in the last week.

 

A cross section of the proposed complex, including the six-story office block.
A cross section of the proposed complex, including the six-story office block. Peddle Thorp Architects

Documents on the council website outline the plans for a multi-storey office block, including a roof deck, along with an underground carpark, two retail areas and a cinema complex to be located opposite Stocklands Hervey Bay, and next door to the Chronicle building.

"The proposed development is to be provided in a single stage and will include the 3,726m2 of retail gross floor area (GFA), 86m2 of GFA for a Food and Drink Outlet, 7,397m2 of GFA for Offices, and 2,832m2 of Theatre (cinema) GFA, which includes an ancillary ticketing and food and drink outlet as to be expected for a Theatre land use," the report states.

"The proposal seeks to provide a contemporary, architecturally designed development with appropriate building articulation and variation in building materials and architectural treatments."

Town planning firm Adam and Sparkes lodged the application on behalf of Quattro Liuzzi Pty Ltd.

While the project remains in the pre-development stages, council will debate the proposal in 2017.

 

A site plan from Peddle Thorp Architects.
A site plan from Peddle Thorp Architects. Peddle Thorp Architects


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