A new pub and entertainment development is being planned for Googong, with organisers saying it will help bring the town centre to life.
Googong project director Malcolm Leslie said the Googong Hotel development had been on the cards for a while.
“There’s a lot of pieces to the puzzle to put together to make the Googong Town Centre, and this is one of the first big ones we’ve announced,” he said. “So it is very exciting.”
Googong property developers Peet and Mirvac have partnered with the owners of the Royal Hotel in Queanbeyan, Anthony and Sandy McDonald, for the two-storey development.
The lower floor will house hotel facilities, as well as a bistro, sports bar and gaming room. The upper floor will feature a mezzanine with three function rooms.
“We’ve appointed the same landscape architects who did the [National] Arboretum,” Mr McDonald said.
“We’ve designed a street which goes through the hotel, and we’re going to be planting mature trees so when you’re up in the first floor you’re actually in the canopy of the trees.”
He hoped the Glenrock Drive development would become the site of weddings and other events – and a unique destination for locals and visitors to the area.
“They’ll be talking about it, they’ll be very happy they’ll be able to walk or cycle to the hotel,” he said. “And that they’re provided with outstanding food and beverages, and outstanding service in a very safe, warm environment.”
The venue will seat more than 700 guests and feature a children’s play area to keep youngsters entertained.
Mr Leslie and his team see the hotel development becoming a central part of Googong.
“We’ve been planning Googong Town Centre for a number of years now,” he said.
“Our vision is that it doesn’t just become another shopping centre, but the heart and hub of the community.
“We see the pub playing an important role in that – hence its location on the main street in the heart of the Town Centre.”
Mr Leslie and Mr McDonald said the Googong Hotel would become a key element of the Googong Town Centre.
“The significance is that we’ve got a partnership with a pub owner who is passionate about seeing it come to fruition and building something that’s going to be fantastic for the community,” Mr Leslie said.
The development application (DA) is set to be submitted shortly. Depending on approvals, the Googong Hotel is expected to open in 2025.
Two major supermarkets are planned for Googong Town Centre, along with other retail, restaurant and entertainment options, library, medical centre, petrol station, a community centre and fire station.