A new era for local shoppers
This week I’ve been quite busy and lucky enough to attend a number of really special events. Yesterday (Thursday 22 March) I attended the official opening of a completed Stockland Greenhills. It’s been a four stage, two year, $416 million construction and I’m happy to say it looks spectacular.
I think David Jones was a big winner on the day, with hundreds lining up to get into the 6000 square metre store. I was able to meet CEO of David Jones David Thomas before he and local model Isabelle Cornish officially cut the ribbon. Along with David Jones, there were a range of other stores opening including big names JB Hi Fi, Harris Scarfe and Kathmandu. There is also a really special indoor / outdoor dining facility with loads of food options so no doubt that will also be popular.
The completion of Greenhills is huge for the people of this city. It is a solution to what has been considered an issue over the years and that’s the lack of those big name department stores in Maitland. We now have that and it’s great to see. It’s also wonderful to know that this development has brought 2,500 jobs to the city, so it’s good news for all. Congratulations to the Stockland team who made it all happen and a special mention has to go to former Mayor Peter Blackmore who has actively supported this development for many years.
Stronger Country Communities Fund
Yesterday I also met with Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald and Council’s General Manager David Evans in Gillieston Heights for an announcement about the Stronger Country Community Fund round one. Maitland has been successful in receiving state funding for both a cycleway in Gillieston Heights and upgrades to Bakers Brickyard playground in Raworth. These are exciting projects and great news for locals.
Australia Light Aircraft Championships
I was honoured last night to speak at the Civic Reception ahead of this weekend’s Australian Light Aircraft Championships at Maitland Airport. Visitors and competitors will be coming to Maitland from around Australia over the next few days so it offers us a great opportunity to put this city firmly on the aviation map. If you’re in Maitland on the weekend I encourage you to get out and watch some of those pilots because they’re bound to put on a show.
Maitland-Rutherford Girl Guides
I also attended the AGM of the Maitland-Rutherford Girl Guides this week. I have to give a big thanks to all those leaders in this group that give so much during the year. Maitland is a better place because of what you do. Thanks to family and friends of the movement as well and a special congratulations to Amy Brown for receiving her Queen’s Guide Award.