Source: 1233 ABC Newcastle | By: Ben Millington | Posted: July 31, 2020
The arrival of United States retail giant Costco in the Hunter region of New South Wales will unlock hundreds of millions of dollars worth of investment in Lake Macquarie according to state and local government representatives.
Costco on Friday lodged a development application to build its 14,000-square-metre warehouse and petrol station at the site of Pasminco's former lead and zinc smelter at Cockle Creek in Boolaroo.
It is expected to employ more than 225 people upon completion and 80 during construction.
The site will be the company's fourth store in NSW and the first in regional Australia.
"It's a dynamic area, it's growing, it's the centre demographically of the entire coastal region here," said Patrick Noone from Costco Australia.
Greg Piper has been an independent voice for the people of Lake Macquarie for more than 30 years, as a Member of Parliament, Mayor and councillor. He was elected to Lake Macquarie council in 1991, served as Mayor from 2004 until 2012 and has been the State MP for Lake Macquarie since 2007.