Boost we needed: Mayor
Wednesday, 16th April, 2014
By Erica Visser
Broken Hill’s mayor says that the opening of a new shopping centre today could give a big boost to the local economy and tourism alike.
Mayor Wincen Cuy will officially open Broken Hill Village, on the corner of Gossan and Blende streets, at 9am.
“It has been a long process, going through the first developer and all the difficulties with the hardness of the rock and then Coles taking over,” Mayor Cuy said.
“I’m very, very pleased that it’s finally going to open.”
The village will employ more than 200 local people and boast large Coles and Target stores, Cheap as Chips, Discount Drug Store and more.
“From our point of view, I’m hoping that having a major institution like Coles developing a $35 million project in Broken Hill will show that the town has a buoyant future,” he said.
“Hopefully they’ll be a resurgence into the market.”
Mayor Cuy said that he hoped residents would now choose to shop in town, rather than travel outside of Broken Hill.
“People have always complained that they’ll go out of town to do their shopping because we don’t have the variety here,” Mayor Cuy said.
“What this has been able to do is give us that variety that people were crying out for.
“I see it as the perfect marketing opportunity. Why can’t people come here and have a game of golf and go shopping?”
Mayor Cuy said that the village looked “quite smart and modern”.
“I’m happy to be going over there tonight for an inspection,” he said yesterday.
Coles’ opening hours will then be 7am to 10pm every day.
Target’s opening hours will be 8am until 9pm on weekdays and 8am until 6pm on weekends.