The Sunrise Mall, which has been closed since September, was once Australia’s largest indoor mall, but the iconic shopping centre is now being built on the site of a former mining processing plant.
The decision to build the new shopping centre has been widely criticised by locals, with some claiming the proposed redevelopment will be a ‘sham’ and ‘disaster’ for the local economy.
A group of residents have petitioned the NSW government to halt construction on the shopping centre, claiming it will ‘ruin’ the town’s vibrant waterfront and ‘destroy the town as a whole’.
A $20 million redevelopment project in Sydney’s west has also drawn widespread criticism for not including enough public space for people to congregate and enjoying local culture.
The Sunrise mall has been shut since September and is being rebuilt on the nearby Sunrise Town Park site.
The mall will be built on a site that was once the site for a mining processing station.
The government says it will improve the environment, but locals have accused the government of ‘overpricing’ the redevelopment project.
Mr Campbell said the mall would be a “good example” of how to design a development with local community input.
“We’ll see the results of the community consultation, but I’m confident it will make a difference to the town,” he said.
“The town has the opportunity to really get on with the development and get the most out of the area.”
The redevelopment project is part of a plan by the State Government to build an $80 million redevelopment of the town in a bid to attract more people to the area.
Residents in the town, including Mr Campbell, are concerned that the project will negatively affect the town.
They have been petitioning the government to delay the project indefinitely, saying it will be detrimental to the local community.
The town council has defended the redevelopment plan, saying the development will include a new shopping precinct, a community centre and a recreation centre.
Residents have also been upset by plans to build a large public swimming pool in the site, saying they are concerned it will negatively impact the town area’s marine life.
Residents of the nearby town of Lonsdale, which is home to Lonsville’s Lighthouse Hotel and other buildings, have also complained about the project.
Residents say the development could negatively impact marine life and coastal habitats in the nearby Lonsellie and Lakeland beaches.
Residents are also concerned about the planned development.
Mr Bowen said the development would be in line with the town plan and would benefit the town and local businesses.
He said the project was also supported by the Australian Government, which helped fund the project through the Commonwealth Grants Program.
The Sunshine Coast is a popular tourist destination, with more than 12 million visitors a year.
The region’s largest outdoor shopping mall, the Sunrise Mall has been open since September.
Photo: Daniel Munoz/AAP.
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