$180m entertainment hub for Salisbury South gets closer

indoor surfingAn entertainment shopping complex that could create up to 1600 jobs is a step closer after Salisbury Council last night endorsed new zoning for the site near Parafield Airport. This site is at the corner of Main North and Kings roads.

The $180 million development, proposed by developer Jamie McClurg, would include cinemas, indoor skydiving, water slides, a wave pool, laser skirmish, tenpin bowling, a games arcade, rock climbing and a massive indoor trampoline.

It would also include a shopping centre similar to Harbourtown.

Speaking in favour of the rezoning Cr Brian Goodall said the complex would provide a boost to the local economy.

“If there’s one thing we need in Salisbury above anything else, it’s … jobs, particularly for young people,” Cr Goodall said.

A report to Salisbury Council stated the development would create up to 1600 jobs in the retail, bulky goods, food and beverage, entertainment and service industries.

Cr Goodall said if the land remained an industrial zone, it would only support 500 jobs if subdivided. The land is now used for sheep grazing.

Cr Brad Vermeer said the proposal was a “fantastic opportunity” and would restore Salisbury’s standing as the hub of the north.

“This will be a magnet for businesses and consumers from all over the state,” Cr Vermeer told the meeting.

The rezoning still has to go to Planning Minister John Rau for approval and Mr McClurg would also have to submit a development application detailing his plans for the 20ha site.

A council report produced last year found revenue at the nearby Parabanks, Ingle Farm and Hollywood Plaza shopping centres would fall by about $16 million, or 3 per cent a year, if the project went ahead.

However Mr McClurg argued it would create more jobs than would be lost at the other centres.

The planned rezoning requires that for every 10,000sq m of retail space, 2,000sq m is set aside for leisure purposes.

Cr Chad Buchanan said this would make sure the complex had a point of difference over other local shopping centres.

This story originally featured on AdelaideNow

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