New Development to Create Hundreds of Jobs and Boost Local Economy
On September 12, the Wyndham Council’s planning committee unanimously greenlit the development application for the Manor Lakes Town Centre 2A. This ambitious project, spearheaded by Ranfurlie Asset Management, includes the construction of a brand-new Bunnings Warehouse store. The chosen location for this development is 485 Ballan Road, right next to Ranfurli’s existing Manor Lakes Central shopping centre.
Ranfurlie Asset Management CEO, Cameron Male, expressed gratitude to the council for their approval, emphasizing the project’s significance. It will solidify the precinct’s status as a vital retail and lifestyle hub for the area, he noted.
Manor Lakes Central has already established itself as a commercial and retail focal point, drawing in over 75,000 visitors weekly from the local and surrounding communities. Mr. Male believes this development will not only create jobs in construction but also stimulate the local economy through increased spending by both workers and consumers.
Wyndham councillor Pete Maynard echoed the sentiment, highlighting the job opportunities and added convenience for local residents. This permit application will guarantee timely access to goods, services, and over 600 ongoing jobs, along with approximately 200 during construction, benefitting existing and future residents in the area, stated Cr. Maynard, who proposed the motion at the planning committee meeting.
Beyond the Bunnings Warehouse, the precinct will house other substantial retail outlets, showrooms, restaurants, convenience stores, and even a service station, all contributing to sustained employment opportunities.
The site will offer more than 400 parking spaces to accommodate visitors and employees, with access points on Ballan Road and Armstrong Road, complemented by footpaths on both sides. Additionally, bicycle facilities will be provided for the convenience of shoppers and employees.
Cr. Maynard revealed that although not the primary focus, the application includes plans for new emergency services headquarters on the site. Construction for the new CFA building is on the horizon, and we anticipate the announcement of a 24-hour ambulance building soon.