The Victorian Government is ensuring Melbourne remains Australia’s capital for fashion, food and retail with the approval of the masterplan for a $500 million redevelopment at Westfield Doncaster.
Victorian Minister for Planning Richard Wynne gave the stamp of approval for the masterplan which will create around 2000 jobs in construction and 2,900 new full and part-time jobs at Westfield Doncaster after completion.
A key feature will be a gateway building of up to 14 storeys, positioned above a two-level podium of new premium retail in the north-west sector of the site.
This will provide an additional 43,000 square metres of retail and 18,000 square metres of commercial office space.
The upgrade will include an expanded bus interchange, improved car and pedestrian access within the centre and additional car parking.
Feedback from the community on the proposed development plans was taken on board, following the public viewing of development plans in December 2018 and January 2019.
The approval paves the way for the owners to lodge a Planning Permit with the Manningham City Council and ensures the community’s needs are included in the development.
The retail industry is one of Victoria’s most important employers, providing over 300,000 jobs across Melbourne and regional Victoria.
Figures released earlier in January 2019 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showed that Victorians spent a record $78.9 billion on retail sales over the last year.
Victoria is home to internationally renowned fashion events such as Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, the Australia Fashion Festival and the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Source: Vic Government