The attractive new entrance to McMillan Court Mall
Partly funded by the sale of Council land for the recently-built New World supermarket, the $1 million upgrade focused on the McMillan Court car park and mall areas.
Mayor Wade-Brown says the upgrade is an important step in the Council’s plan to revitalise Newlands – and she expects both shoppers and retailers will benefit from the improved parking and safer, more attractive pedestrian environment.
"The Newlands town centre rejuvenation will provide both a community heart and commercial hub. This attractive upgrade, with other planned improvements, will continue to develop Newlands as an important centre for the northern suburbs."
Improvements to the car park area include a more level asphalt surface, an attractive courtyard area next to the supermarket entrance, more trees and native plants, better lighting, new seats, bike racks, public toilets, and terraced gardens at the Bracken Road entrance.
The revamp of the mall area includes the addition of new lights, paving and landscaping work, and the removal of the old wooden canopy – which has provided a clearer link through to Stewart Drive.
The Council’s Built Environment Portfolio Leader, Councillor Iona Pannett, believes the upgrade will help spur economic growth in the suburb.
"Newlands has a lot of potential – with its convenient location, good schools, and great public spaces and amenities. The revamp of McMillan Court and the opening of the new supermarket are positive steps towards developing that potential."
Prior to the official opening of the upgraded Newlands town centre at 2pm on Saturday 18 May, a community gala in McMillan Court will be running from 10.30am–3pm.