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The City of Casey’s signature project, Bunjil Place, will open its doors for business in October.
Mayor Sam Aziz said the $125 million project had already injected about $83.5 million into the regional economy.
Annually, the arts, cultural, leisure and entertainment precinct is expected to boost the South-East region economy to the tune of $4.4 million.
The construction phase created a jobs boom as the massive structure took shape in Narre Warren.
Ongoing jobs will include new positions for front-of-house staff, production staff, curation staff and technicians.
Visitors numbers at Bunjil are projected to be more than one million a year.
“Bunjil will put our region on the map as more people find out where we are, and what sort of excitement we can offer here,” Cr Aziz said.
Cr Aziz said the council and builder Multiplex deliberately engaged local manufacturers and suppliers where possible to work on the project.
Hallam-based business Backcare and Seating was awarded a contract to supply seating for the workspaces and back-of-house areas.
Family-owned furniture designer and manufacturer Planex, which has been operating in Hallam for more than 15 years, was engaged to provide storage solutions in various spaces throughout Bunjil Place.
Casey catering business G’Day Chef has been appointed to operate the café at Bunjil Place.
Chef Jason Galletti said his team was excited about the new challenge.
“The coffee is going to be special. We’re working with some amazing boutique Melbourne coffee suppliers and designing our food offering around modern food trends,” he said.
“In line with what Bunjil Place is trying to achieve, we want to bring the best to the South-East and create the great food and coffee culture found in Melbourne.”
Backcare and Seating director Simon Van Dam said he was thrilled to be involved in the project.
“Casey’s commitment to healthy workplace design is particularly exciting for us.
“The healthy work principles tie in with exactly what we provide as a business, so it is excellent to be involved in a project of this scope in our own municipality,” he said.
The official community opening celebration will be held on the weekend of 28-29 October. Council services and the Narre Warren Library will open at Bunjil Place from Monday 30 October.
“After many years of planning and construction, we are incredibly excited that we now have a date to welcome the first visitors to this vibrant entertainment precinct,” Cr Aziz said.
The construction of Bunjil Place was funded by $10 million from the Federal Government and $115 million from the City of Casey.