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Glebe Hill Village open

THE highly anticipated $40 million Glebe Hill Village retail centre – the first new neighbourhood shopping centre in metropolitan Hobart in more than a decade – has been officially opened.

A day of on-site celebrations was held on 6 August, with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a Family Fun Day featuring entertainment, activities, workshops, giveaways and performances by local schools and community groups.

Constructed at the intersection of the South Arm Highway and Pass Road by developers Tipalea Partners, the 5,900 square metre Glebe Hill Village is based around a Coles supermarket and also includes 18 other specialty shops and services including a medical centre, dentist, pharmacy, post office, newsagency, florist, barber, bakery and bottle shop.

“It has raised the bar for neighbourhood shopping in Hobart, bringing high-quality retail combined with variety and convenience to the surrounding community, and it’s been wonderful to see the immense support from local residents,” Tipalea Partners CEO Scott Spanton said.

“The project also delivered a significant boost to local employment at a critical time, generating more than 1,000 jobs throughout COVID and into the recovery phase – including more than 300 on-going jobs within Glebe Hill Village’s retailers.”

Mayor Chipman said the long-awaited shopping centre was a significant asset for the expanding local community.

“The village has been designed to benefit the wider community in a range of ways and will provide a significant benefit for the growing area of Clarence Plains, which we predict will grow to a population of more than 20,000 people and become a satellite city in its own right in another 10 years’ time,” he said.

“This development will help ensure we have more infrastructure and services in place to meet the needs of this booming area.”

Glebe Hill Village was constructed by Tasmanian contractors Fairbrother over a 15-month period.

It has been hailed as the state’s most connected and sustainable retail centre, with a suite of hi-tech features including a smartphone app, a full solar array, free wireless phone charging and Wi-Fi, air quality monitoring, smart bathrooms that monitor water usage, and EV chargers.

Glebe Hill Village also features the works of several Tasmanian artists, with Allan Mansel, Tricky Walsh, Tom O’Hern and Sydney-based Lara Merrett commissioned to transform the centre into an engaging and creative space.

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