A $300 million redevelopment of a major retail complex in the Peel region will meet the growing needs of the rapidly expanding local population which is expected to grow to 1.2 million by 2050.
Attending an official 'sod turning' ceremony marking the start of a significant upgrade to the 30-year-old Mandurah Forum shopping centre, Premier Colin Barnett said the project would create 1,050 construction jobs and an extra 700 permanent jobs.
"The Mandurah Forum shopping centre is set to become the largest major regional retail hub south of the Perth metropolitan area," Mr Barnett said.
"When the project is completed, it will have almost doubled the size of its retail floor space to 71,000 square metres and include an extra two department stores - including David Jones - and about 150 new speciality stores.
"As the population in the Peel region rapidly expands, this new centre will play a pivotal role in shifting the traditional focus of shopping complexes as simply being a place to shop, to one that brings people together and provides a sense of place and social and recreational opportunities closer to local amenities and homes.
"This project is an excellent example of how the State Government's comprehensive planning policies are changing complex retail developments to better serve community needs through a range of land uses."
The State Planning Policy 4.2: Activity Centres for Perth and Peel, which was introduced in 2010, provided a major planning change from traditional stand-alone shopping centres to a mix of retail, commercial, residential and civic activity centres.
Last year, the planning policy change contributed to the approval of more than $1.35 billion for redevelopments at Innaloo, Karrinyup and Garden City.
Planning Minister Donna Faragher said the redeveloped Mandurah shopping complex would service the changing needs of the Peel region with the current population of about 500,000 expected to more than double over the next 35 years.
"The Government's draft strategic plan Perth and Peel@3.5million provides a framework for managing the projected population growth in these regions," Mrs Faragher said.
Mandurah is a focal point for population, commercial and retail activity in the Peel region
State Planning Policy 4.2 Activity Centres for Perth and Peel provides for a range of land uses so shopping centres become community focal points
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