Mandurah’s 30-year-old forum shopping centre is set to double in size with a $350 million makeover.
Announcing the redevelopment plan this morning, Premier Colin Barnett said the project would create 1,050 construction jobs and an extra 700 permanent jobs.
The upgrade is intended to allow the centre to better cater for the growing Mandurah population, which is expected to rise to 1.2 million by 2050.
“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.”
City of Mandurah town planner Nicola Leishman said the redevelopment plan was long overdue.
“Everyone in the Mandurah community will benefit and possibly even further afield with the likes of the people in the Shire of Murray,” Ms Leishman said.
Centre manager Jacqueline McKenzie said the development was occurring to ensure the shopping experience was enhanced for the Mandurah community.
“This project transformation involves extensive revitalisation works to the existing centre, on top of a significant expansion,” McKenzie said.
“It’s been identified that the people of Peel are ready for this development and we want to give them somewhere where they no longer need to drive to other areas like the city to shop.”
The project is due to be completed in December 2017.