SOUTH Australian Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis last week helped turn the sod to mark the start of construction of the new $65 million Brickworks Marketplace development in Torrensville, which is expected to create more than 800 construction and retail jobs.
Mr Koutsantonis said the 17,000 square metre Marketplace development, which is expected to open in mid 2015, will include a Woolworths supermarket, Big W discount department store, 29 speciality shops including Dan Murphy's and 700 on grade car parks.
"This is a major investment by Woolworths Limited in Adelaide's inner western suburbs. It's a magnificent win for the area - giving local residents more choice and giving young people more job opportunities," Mr Koutsantonis said.
Mr Koutsantonis said the area's importance is reflected in the government's investment in transport infrastructure, such as the $10 million upgrade of the South Road and Ashwin Parade intersection, which will be the first part of the Torrens to Torrens upgrade of South Road.
"These works will include greatly improving access to the Marketplace development by installing a roundabout into the main entrance," he said.
"The South Road and Ashwin Parade upgrade continues the work that has commenced on this important section of South Road and follows the opening of the South Road Superway.
"Our investment in infrastructure provides opportunities for local contractors, creates jobs and builds a stronger South Australia and it is great to see the private sector choosing to invest in our State with projects like the new Marketplace."
Woolworths State Operations Manager Andrew Hall said the company was tremendously excited to officially mark the commencement of works on the new development after more than two years of planning.
"We are pleased to be investing in the South Australian economy having contracted Adelaide-based BADGE Construction to deliver this modern new Marketplace," Mr Hall said.