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February 22, 2012 / Able Walsh

Woolworths and Stockland Presentation to the Vincentia Ratepayers and Residents Association Regarding the Bayswood Shopping Centre

Why is Woolworths in Vincentia?

  • Woolworths purchased the site from Stockland in June 2009.
  • The region has grown significantly to need a full line supermarket and department store.
  • We inherited a design from Stockland – the previous centre had no roof – so you would have been shopping in the rain, heat and lost air conditioning.
  • Why the delay?: WOW spent several years trying to resolve the design into a form that would work for our customers (putting on a roof).
  • It’ll mean you don’t have to drive to Nowra for your weekly shopping. Return Trip: 55km (plus wear and tear, plus your time 25min each way, and road safety)

What will the Marketplace bring?

For those of you that are not familiar with the project in general terms it consists of 7,500sqm Big W, a 4,200sqm full line Woolworths, a 1,450sqm Aldi and 5,500sqm of specialty stores. Parking for approximately 950 cars – Specialty stores – a mix of local and national tenants. Tenants who want to be there, plus others that will provide a complimentary mix

  • Jobs – approx 300-400 full time and casual jobs (Staff will be employed from the local area).
  • $60m in construction work over the next 18mths – approx 240 jobs
  • Full range supermarket offering competitive grocery pricing (something Coles doesn’t need to offer you at present)
  • Full range Big W (nearest is Dapto / Shellharbour)
  • 45 specialty stores (local and national tenants)
  • Aldi food store – a good point of difference to Coles and Woolworths
  • Money stays in Vincentia – you’ll be employing people from Vincentia

Project Issues
Authority Approval

  • Modify the approval to put a roof on the building (so you don’t get wet/ hot and we don’t air condition all of Shoalhaven).
  • We have recently lodged a further modification application – (reduce construction impact, less excavation, etc) 2. Environment:
  • Staged clearing process (Ecological – flora and fauna monitoring)
  • Ongoing water quality testing
  • Ongoing bird surveys
  • New landscaping design
  • Rehabilitation of environmental lands (dedicate back to National Park) 3. Aboriginal Heritage
  • Recently spent 3 days on site with Jerringa Local Aboriginal Land Council and archaeologist – monitoring land clearing works

Building Design

  • Interior design – not a ‘vanilla’ shopping centre
  • Building in the bush – exterior design (walls, low built form)
  • Exterior – community areas – park areas, play area, pond
  • ESD considerations – natural light, solar panels, LED lights, water re-use, water quality treatment


  • The Wool Road, Roundabout and JB road are to be upgraded.
  • BBLC access is to be relocated, the old road rehabilitated 5. Geotechnical
  • We cleared the site to allow the soil to dry out. The ground is very wet and we are trying to avoid the wet soil being taken of the site. Geo-tech testing is continuing.

Building Design Elements The following design aspects have been incorporated:

  • High ceiling (7.5m) with exposed timber beams,
  • Continuous clerestory windows providing natural lighting
  • Bush land / lake vista along the length of the boardwalk mall
  • Skylights – providing natural light
  • Large glazing elements off central restaurant precinct
  • Landscaping & play area: incorporating lawns and sculptual play elements, walkways, bike track and public seating, overlooking bushland and lake.
  • Especially designed screens to reflect the bush setting – around docks and car park
  • Lounge areas throughout the mall, including wheelchair recharge points
  • Comfortable mothers rooms
  • Solar panels, rainwater harvesting, LED lights throughout


  • Dec 2011 – Feb 2012: Site Clearing – completed Project tendering
  • March – April 2012: Detail Design of the building – contractor Appointment
  • April 2012: Contractor on site – earthworks / building works: 14 months and Road Works to commence
  • Dec 12 – Jan 2013: Road Works completed
  • August 2013: Centre Opening

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  21. Moot / May 4 2013 4:05 pm

    So here it is 4May13 and not a sod turned in construction. Is this another milestone, i.e. opening date in second half of this year, to be missed. Anyone who bought land in the Bayswood Estate on the promise of a shopping centre should be asking for a partial refund from Stockland because without the shopping centre these lots would not have been worth what was paid for them. I do not want to have to drive to Nowra for shopping, particularly whilst the south Nowra highway upgrade is going on. Some other senior citizens have restricted driving licenses meaning they can’t drive outside their area of restriction, and the government is promoting that elderly people stay in their own homes for as long as possible, and this is a great retirement are.. There are many more valid reasons to have better retail shopping in our local area.
    Would the powers that be that have the authority to get this project going please get off your bums and get going.

  22. Tee / Apr 15 2013 7:44 pm

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  26. K2 / Dec 18 2012 3:59 pm

    Geez I hope this gets cancelled again.

    I moved here to be in a rural area. Frankly, I think the community can do without this mass-produced rubbish in our area.

    The line ‘the money stays in Vincentia’ is a complete lie. It goes to Woolworth’s bottom line, don’t believe anything else their PR department dreams up.

    This whole statement is just spin.

    • Tired of no progress / Dec 27 2012 11:34 am

      This will great for our kids and the local unemployed, they will not have to move to Sydney to find work. This will provide work in an area that has no Myers, David jones or a decent Target. The only losers will be the shops owned by the shoalhaven councillors in the main streets in Nowra

  27. con / May 18 2012 1:09 pm

    If we have a Woolworths, Big W and an Aldi in our area, I personally feel no need for another competitor at this stage. Bi Lo or (Buy High) has had a very good run with this community for a long time, Have they looked after us price wise? Not that well……
    Bring on the new. Infrustructure, jobs, well being.
    Best thing to happen in years.

  28. I want Coles Group choices / May 14 2012 2:34 pm

    I am trying to find out what happens with the old Bi Lo centre. If you live locally and want to shop with any of the Coles group supermarkets or department stores things are looking a bit dismal.

    • Alex D / Jun 16 2012 4:29 pm

      While Aldi, Woolies and BigW are going in stage one, I believe there is a third supermarket going in stage two or three, maybe bilo will move and rebrand to Coles

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        would love to apply for jobs


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