First sod turned on Stockland Hervey Bay expansion
THE first sod has been turned to mark the beginning of the Stockland shopping centre expansion in Hervey Bay on Tuesday morning.
Construction on the $115 million project will begin early next week and take approximatly 18 months to complete.
Stockland Hervey Bay centre manager Paul Kelsey said it was an exciting day.
"It's a great day for Stockland Hervey Bay and Hervey Bay itself," he said.
"We're very exited about what this shopping centre development will do for the region and for Stockland as a brand."
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the new development was a good sign for the region.
"This is a $115 million dollar investment and a confidence boost for the whole Fraser Coast region," he said.
"I think it sends out a very strong signal about what opportunities we have in our economy."
The project is expected to generate more than 250 local jobs during construction.
Stockland general manager development and design Stephen Bull said said the centre would remain fully open for business while the expansion work was carried out.
"Stockland and the Fraser Coast Regional Council have worked together over a long period of time to ensure this project becomes a reality that will benefit the Fraser Coast now and into the future," he said.
"Our vision is to create the best possible shopping experience for the residents of Hervey Bay and the surrounding region.
"This expansion will attract new retailers and deliver more employment opportunities to Hervey Bay.
"Stockland understands the importance of sustainable development.
"This project incorporates the highest environmental standards and we expect to gain a four-star green rating from the Green Building Council of Australia."
Mr Bull welcomed the decision by Kmart to choose the Stockland Hervey Bay Shopping Centre as the location for its newly designed store.
"I'm delighted Kmart has chosen this as the site of their very first outlet on the Fraser Coast," he said.
"I'm certain both Kmart and the new Coles will prove to be very popular with shoppers at Stockland Hervey Bay.
"With 70 new specialty stores bringing the total number of shops to 110, there will be opportunities for local boutique retailers to be included in the shopping mix alongside these major household names.
"The 500-seat food court will be a family-friendly space with indoor and outdoor dining areas.
"Visitors to the centre can take a break from the shops to relax and socialise as they choose from a range of cafe-style eating options."
A safety fence has already been installed to enclose the five-hectare construction site.
Preparatory work has included a comprehensive site survey, site headquarters and a staging area.
- $115 million redevelopment
- Construction expected to be completed by mid-to-late 2014
- The redevelopment will increase the size of the centre from 15,600sq m to more than 36,000sq m
- First Kmart store on the Fraser Coast
- Redevelopment to include a full-line Coles, 70 additional speciality stores and three mini-majors
- 500-seat cafe-style food court
- Design to incorporate the highest environmental standards and expected to gain a four-star green star rating
- The Hervey Bay Shopping Centre will occupy an 11.1 hectare site, which has potential for further development in the future
- A second development application has also been lodged, which is outside the scope of this redevelopment project, and would include an additional supermarket, cinema complex, restaurants and additional specialty stores, taking the centre to more than 50,000sq m