THE Metro-East Joint Development Assessment Panel has approved an $85 million expansion to Ellenbrook Central shopping centre, which includes plans for a 10-screen cinema, tavern, restaurant and a discount department store.
Plans to expand the shopping centre to double its current size and include 20 new specialty stores were approved last week.
Vicinity Centres general manager of development Carolyn Viney said once completed, the expansion would help support the growth of Ellenbrook.
She said Vicinity Centres was excited to share more announcements around the vision for Ellenbrook Central.
“Once completed, the expanded Ellenbrook Central will provide a range of new entertainment and dining options for our local community, as well as new retailers,” she said.
“We know Ellenbrook is one of the nation’s fastest-growing catchments in the heart of a major growth corridor, with population growth averaging 12 per cent per annum since 2011.”
Ms Viney did not confirm the construction start date but she was looking forward to seeing the expansion get off the ground.
The expansion will also include two new fast food outlets, an exhibition centre and convenience store.
City of Swan chief executive Mike Foley said the City welcomed the development.
“Ellenbrook is only 20 years old, yet it has already reached a point where it needs to expand, which is a testament to the rapid population growth occurring in the area,” he said.
“The population of the Ellenbrook local area, which includes Aveley, Ellenbrook, and parts of Henley Brooke, Lexia, The Vines and Upper Swan, is set to grow from 40,836 residents to 70,723 by 2036, which is a significant increase of more than 70 per cent.
“The City welcomes developments that meet the needs of our rapidly growing population and contribute toward making the City a better place to live, work and recreate.”