Dubbo developments likely to boost visits to 'city's heart'

Two proposed “mixed-use” properties in Dubbo will boost jobs and reasons to visit its Central Business District (CBD) , reports Regional Development Australia Orana executive officer Megan Dixon.

Mrs Dixon is already seeing “increased activity in the city centre and more job opportunities, particularly for young people” because of investment in the projects.

On November 1 the Daily Liberal revealed Dubbo Regional Council had approved a development application for an $11 million and multi-storey block of apartments with retail space in Macquarie Street. To be called Premiere Lane, the building earmarked for the old Heyer Ford and Cash Converters site is being coordinated by Kim and Ros Williams.

On November 3 Maas Group Family Properties released a concept drawing for a cosmopolitan retail, office and residential centre at 216 Macquarie Street. The company will seek to build contemporary ground-floor retail space and upper-level commercial office space overlooking Macquarie Street, 200 serviced apartments and up to 90 residential apartments. 

“Both developments will provide opportunity for new retail offerings, additional jobs and yet another attraction for visitors and locals to the area,” Mrs Dixon said.  “The investment by both companies in the Dubbo CBD reflects their confidence in the continued growth and development of the region.”

Mrs Dixon said it was important that Dubbo provided “more premium experiences and offerings”  to attract and retain consumers.  “Shopping is an important component of the tourist experience and with the tourism sector growing, enhancement of the CBD with these additions will be extremely timely,” she said.

The executive officer said both developments were expected to support existing retailers in Dubbo’s CBD through an “increased number of shoppers visiting the city’s heart”.

On Wednesday Dubbo businessman and RDA Orana chairman John Walkom announced plans for the construction of a hotel and residential apartments at 1 Church Street.