Furnissdale $30m shopping and retail project approved

The Shire of Murray have welcomed a Government decision to sign-off on a new $30 million retail and commercial centre in Furnissdale.

Developer Saracen Developments, through consultants Planning Solutions, lodged a development application for a new facility to be constructed on the corner of Pinjarra Road and Ronlyn Road.

The proposal includes a new supermarket, four drive-through takeaway fast food outlets, car wash, a petrol station, specialty retail stores, as well as a mixture of showroom-type shopping services.

Because the cost of the project exceeds $10 million, it was referred to the South West Joint Assessment Development Panel for final approval after the Shire had approved the application.

Panel members met with the Shire of Murray last Wednesday, where planning approval was granted for the proposal, which lasts for the next five years.

Murray chief executive Dean Unsworth said the project fitted in with the Shire’s plans for the area.

“The proposed mixed commercial development offers a number of economic benefits for Murray including job creation, the stimulation of business opportunity and service provision for residents,” he said.

“It is consistent with the Shire’s Furnissdale/Barragup Activity Centre Policy in that it has the potential to act as a catalyst for further activation of the identified Centre, and development of an attractive and functional western gateway to Murray.

“The Shire has been in discussions with the proponent since September 2017 and will continue to support representatives in the realisation of this promising development for our district.”

Approval does not include a signage strategy. Planning Solutions were contacted for comment.

The full minutes from the DAP meeting can be read here.