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A new shopping centre approved by the for Lot 9040 Woollcott Ave in Brabham allows for a tavern and beer garden. Artist’s impression

New shopping centre for Brabham

A NEW shopping centre planned for Brabham will include a supermarket, 15 specialty shops with a focus on convenience-based fresh food, a medical centre and childcare centre.

Stockland said the centre would be designed to offer an open-air shopping experience with a laneway feel, including an array of casual dining options with alfresco seating to be located along the main street.

The proposal for Lot 9040 Woollcott Ave was approved at a Metro East Joint Development Assessment Panel (Metro East JDAP) on December 18.

The Metro East JDAP report said the development application sought approval for up to 8907sqm of retail floor space – a supermarket of 3800sqm and up to 5107sqm of potential retail floor area, a tavern of 709sqm with an extra 230sqm for an external beer garden area in the north-west of the site, 770sqm for a child care centre and an extra 844sqm fenced play area fronting Everglades Ave.

It also included 503 on-site parking bays and associated vehicle access ways, landscaping and pedestrian and cycle facilities.

The plan includes new vehicle access points on Everglades Ave, Mayfield Dr and Youle-Dean Rd and a future “main street” bisecting the site and sections of Everglades Ave, Mayfield Dr and Youle-Dean Rd.

The Metro East JDAP report said the development was valued at $22 million and Stockland said it had also received approval for the broader Brabham activity centre plan which allowed for the centre to be expanded to 30,000sqm in the future.

The first stage of the Whiteman Edge town centre is expected to provide about 350 jobs during construction as well as more than 300 future retail and service jobs.

Stockland group executive and commercial property chief executive officer John Schroder said the proposed town centre would provide retail amenity and employment opportunities, with the opportunity for the company to expand the size, scale and offering as the community and area grew in the future.

Mr Schroder said the proposed town centre would cater for about 7000 people already living close by and would also be in close proximity to the planned Ellenbrook rail line, which the state government was progressing as part of Metronet.

The proposed centre will also include pedestrian linkage to the new $2m adventure-themed Jungle Park located adjacent to the site and will be near a future planned primary school.

Stockland WA general manager Col Dutton said the proposed centre was the next big catalytic project for the Whiteman Edge community.

“With nearly 3000 residents already living here and the community set to double in the coming years, this new neighbourhood retail town centre will become the beating heart of this community offering a full retail experience to meet the needs of residents now and into the future,’’ he said.

By Anita McInnes


About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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