An aerial shot of work on the new Stockland Shopping Centre expansion in Hervey Bay.
An aerial shot of work on the new Stockland Shopping Centre expansion in Hervey Bay. Hayden Johnson

More than 250 local jobs created by Stockland construction

THE Stockland Hervey Bay expansion has created more than 250 local jobs during it's construction phase.

Centre manager Paul Kelsey said the main steel works were underway and there are 186 workers on-site.

"In line with our initial forecasts and projections, we have created more than 250 local jobs during construction," he said.

"On a project of this scale, there are instances when you need to bring in people with specialist skills but, where possible, we have sourced local talent and stand by our commitment to create local jobs."

The $115 million dollar Stockland Hervey Bay build in Pialba has passed the halfway point, thanks to fine weather and minimal glitches.

Mr Kelsey said the project was 65% complete and was on-track to achieve practical completion in the second half of this year.

"The contractor (Lend Lease) continues to progress well on construction works including ground slabs, structural steel and roof sheeting," he said.

"The construction and installation of internal finishes is now underway."

Mr Kelsey said Stockland was working closely with Mission Australia, Wide Bay TAFE and the State Government to invest in the creation of more jobs for local people.

When it is finished, the new centre will generate about 400 positions.

There will be 1681 parking bays for shoppers when the expanded centre opens.

The date of completion and grand opening plans will be announced later this year.

Details

  • Stores to be opened include Kmart, Harris Scarfe, Best and Less, Specsavers and EB Games
  • More than 100 specialty stores
  • A 500-seat food court
  • 1,681 car parking spaces


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