Enclosed, weather-proof entrance planned for Cooleman Court

Ian Bushnell 4 September 2018 31

The Cooleman Court entrance on Mahony Court. Photo: Ian Bushnell

The northern entrance to Cooleman Court Shopping Centre in Weston is set for a makeover, with the current concrete ramp entry to be replaced by an enclosed, weather-proofed travellator.

According to a development application lodged by owner Mirvac, the new, accessible entry way on Mahony Court will provide a more functional and attractive façade to the main pedestrian and car parking area of Cooleman Court.

The proposed new Cooleman Court entry on Mahony Court. Image: Supplied.

The existing ramp and balustrade will be demolished and a travellator and lift installed.

The entry way will be enclosed, with glass windows and glazed automated doors installed to weather-proof it.

New signage has also been proposed for the northern façade, as well as new façade treatments and textures to improve presentation and visual interest.

A modernised entrance should also make life easier for customers battling with shopping trolleys and the elements on the sloped entrance, as well as people with disabilities.

Cooleman Court is part of the Weston Group Centre, which serves Weston Creek and the Molonglo Valley.

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31 Responses to Enclosed, weather-proof entrance planned for Cooleman Court
Michelle Wells Michelle Wells 6:42 pm 07 Sep 18

More parking please! So desperately needed, especially with the new suburbs popping up in the area who have no local shops of their own

John Moulis John Moulis 3:48 pm 07 Sep 18

As someone who pushed shopping trolleys up that ramp for over a year in the 1990s I wonder how the trolleys will get back to Woolies (and Aldi) now. Also gone will be the strength contests to see how many trolleys the collectors could push up the ramp. I could only manage 16 or 17 but one of the kids could push 22 up. But I suppose that avenue of fitness and pleasure went a long time ago due to OH&S (and 457 visas).

bigred bigred 9:22 am 07 Sep 18

As everyone else says, parking is an issue at this centre. My suspicions are that a lot of the parking in the time limited zones is de facto long stay parking meaning there is very little turnover. Personally, I will not park my pristine car in the car parks there because the last pristine car I parked there was dented pretty quickly. The disability parking appears to be abused by able bodied people with access to a pass, but my only evidence is the observation of people parking in the spots and then proceeding to the gym at a rapid clip. Yes, there is also those ramps with yellow paint at the roadway that make for an excellent stopping spot between delivery trucks – people needing mobility aids to get around can just wait! Then you have the utes and trailers parking on or across the footpaths. But there should be a special place reserved for the domains who think the motorcycle parking is really overflow parking.

What I have discovered is there is a sweet spot between 2pm when the old folk finally go home and 3pm when the crazed school mothers turn up in their SUVs, usually on two wheels. I find I can be in and out of there inside 30 minutes!

Amanda Caldwell Amanda Caldwell 7:44 am 07 Sep 18

Also, how many women's clothes shops are really needed in one shopping centre? I would like to see a greater variety of shopping options.

Amanda Caldwell Amanda Caldwell 7:43 am 07 Sep 18

As others have noted, lack of parking is a key issue at this shopping centre. But linked to that is the increased danger of so many cars and people in a very unstructured space. It's like Browns' cows - everyone wanders to and fro to the entries, at both car parks. They are battling trolleys with minds of their own, keeping track of children, and watching out for cars whose drivers are desperate to find a park, any park. The facility owners need to take a good look and listen to the community, and seek advice of experts who know about moving people safely around these spaces.

Queanbeyanite Queanbeyanite 11:10 pm 06 Sep 18

Car parking?
Er, Catch the tram? you lot voted for it…

Robin Butler Robin Butler 6:14 pm 06 Sep 18

Get a shopping centre into the new suburbs! It seems completely incompetent to build hundreds of houses without also constructing shopping centres and ensuring they are operational when hundreds of people and cars move in.

Judy Udovisi Judy Udovisi 2:20 pm 06 Sep 18

More parking please

Anne Handberg Anne Handberg 11:29 am 06 Sep 18


tr0jan tr0jan 8:18 am 06 Sep 18

More parking

Jessica Yesberg Jessica Yesberg 12:50 am 06 Sep 18

More parking!!

David Jones David Jones 12:17 am 06 Sep 18

Less crackheads

Margaret Freemantle Margaret Freemantle 10:10 pm 05 Sep 18


Ali Clinch Ali Clinch 9:55 pm 05 Sep 18

More disabled parking and a safe drop off spot for low mobility seniors.

Ali Sewter Ali Sewter 9:14 pm 05 Sep 18

What about more parking?

Amelia Smith Amelia Smith 8:36 pm 05 Sep 18

Fix the footpath on the community centre side. It is sloped so badly towards the car park that it is a massive struggle to control your shopping trolley.

Jess Tan Jess Tan 8:30 pm 05 Sep 18

Tom Howieson hooray. I wont have to walk to the shop...

Courtney Matthew Courtney Matthew 7:11 pm 05 Sep 18

More parking. We used to do all our groceries there, but now I won’t go there at all, purely because it doesn’t seem to matter what time of day I go, I can’t get a park. Given it has the only Aldi in the weston creek/woden area, it’s quite disgraceful. I would rather drive to tuggeranong or Belconnen to get the same stores than deal with Cooleman Court.

    Geoff Rey Geoff Rey 1:58 am 06 Sep 18

    I never have too much of a problem finding a park 🤷‍♂️

    Courtney Matthew Courtney Matthew 5:43 am 06 Sep 18

    Then you must be lucky. Doesn’t seem to matter what time I go, the car parks are already packed.

Steve Monahan Steve Monahan 5:57 pm 05 Sep 18

More parking

Rafe Whoiam Rafe Whoiam 5:42 pm 05 Sep 18

The road in the carpark near the entrance needs to be painted with white stripes to highlight it is a shared space with pedestrians.

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