Woolworths part of $100M Warralily investment

HUNDREDS of jobs will be created at Warralily in a $100 million investment that will see the building of a new Woolworths.

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The supermarket’s arrival was announced as part of a multimillion-dollar boost from the estate developer into the first phase of the retail, community, school and sports hub known as The Village.

Promising to create 120 full-time, part-time and casual jobs for locals in the 3800sq m supermarket, Woolworths will be the anchor tenant.

With a completion date of 2017, more work will be created throughout the construction of phase one, which will start next year, as well jobs within surrounding cafes and shops.

Geelong Mayor Darryn Lyons welcomed the move and said it would provide an opportunity for young people to get their foot in the workforce.

“We’ve designed this community so that all the necessary infrastructure and jobs are available to residents when the move in,” Cr Lyons said.

“This is a major step in seeing our vision for Armstrong Creek come to life.”

Warralily director Mark Casey said Geelong had “never seen this type of development before”.

“It’s exciting for our current 2000 residents to know that in the near future the community infrastructure that attracted them to Warralily will be available, along with the existing parklands, NBN and recycled water that they already enjoy,” Mr Casey said.

Also included in the stage one development will be retail and commercial floor space, proposed “eat-street” external dining, specialty stores, offices and a gym.

The $100 million investment includes a $7.7 million funding injection into the council’s health and community centre and sports facilities, while the State Government offered $32 million earlier this month for a co-located primary and special needs school at Warralily.

The announcement follows Woolworths’ $29 million invest­ment in Geelong’s south and east, through a commitment to build stores in Curlewis and Barrabool Hills.

Woolworths regional property manager John Robinson said the facility would be built to its latest designs.

BETHANY TYLER

GEELONG ADVERTISER
OCTOBER 30, 2014 8:54AM

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