Proposal for Mt Ommaney Centre Expansion Gets Council Approval

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The development proposal for a new purpose-built community hub and entertainment and leisure precinct featuring a state-of-the-art cinema complex, at the Mt Ommaney Centre, will be “coming to life”, as the Council grants the green light.

The approval of the development application to extend the Mt Ommaney shopping centre was granted last February 2019, as announced by Brisbane City Councillor Matthew Bourke.

It has been about 10 years since the idea for the expansion of the area was brought up as part of the neighbourhood planning. The extension of Mt Ommaney shopping centre, at 17 Dandenong Road in Mt Ommaney, Cr Bourke said, is a welcome addition to the community as this brings residents closer to the services and lifestyle and leisure opportunities that they want.

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The Vicinity Centres’ project, which will extend the existing shopping centre to the north-west side, is expected to get completed in 18-24 months. The expansion will deliver a new five-storey building, connected to the existing centre via retail bridge, as well as an entertainment and leisure precinct with a modern cinema complex and dining outlets.

The development, designed by Blight Rayner Architects, will also integrate the existing council library into the centre, whilst the purpose-built community hub will replace the old building on Dandenong Rd. The project will also improve the bus interchange and increase the free parking options in the centre.

Details of the development include: upgrade of the bus interchange; bus overlay to Dandenong Road; shopping centre entry and pedestrian link to Dandenong Rd; new 632-sqm ground floor retail tenancy, retail level with 57-sqm to 1,633-sqm tenancies; 9-room cinema above the retail level; 151 new car parking spaces (including 4 disability bays) within 2 basements; removal of existing 40 car parking spaces; demolition of existing community centre and Ray White offices.

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As a condition to the DA approval, the council library and the community meeting room must remain open throughout the construction. The approved proposal replaces the previous application approved in May 2017.