$6.6m Stockland project delivers jobs to Rockhampton
STOCKLAND Rockhampton has announced plans to create a new $6.6 million, 250-seat dining precinct.
Named The Terrace, the new precinct will bring together a range of international foods and create more than 30 local construction jobs and 50 long-term retail employment opportunities.
Construction of The Terrace will start on July 6, with completion scheduled for early 2016.
The precinct will create an all-weather indoor and outdoor casual dining area of approximately 1300 sq m and will involve a minor reconfiguration of the current centre, from the NAB entrance to Mathers, to create the new dining terrace.
John Schroder, group executive and CEO of commercial property at Stockland, said the centre had been part of the Rockhampton community for more than a decade.
"Rockhampton is an engine room for Queensland, with a high level of local infrastructure and a well diversified regional economy," he said.
"The area is also experiencing strong growth in tourism and an influx of Australians moving to the area, with the population predicted to reach a total of 178,522 people by 2036.
"Our $6.6 million investment is a clear vote of confidence in the future of this region."
Improved pedestrian connectivity to car parking and improvements to the northern entrance of the centre will also be completed as part of the project.
Stockland centre manager Nathanial Barbagallo (pictured) said The Terrace would offer customers a greater variety of casual dining choices.
"Our leasing activity is already well underway and we've seen a very strong response from national and state-based retailers eager to capitalise on this unique opportunity," he said.
"We are also encouraging locals and small businesses to submit their interest to be a part of this exciting new development at Stockland Rockhampton."
Stockland Rockhampton is the largest shopping centre between Maroochydore and Mackay
It is home to Woolworths, Coles, Kmart, Big W and 168 specialty shops