Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) and Nambucca Heads Local Aboriginal Land Council have received approval to develop a major shopping and retail centre in Nambucca, which could generate up to 370 full- and part-time jobs.

The construction phase will provide approximately 140 additional positions from direct employment and contract opportunities for local tradespeople.

IBA general manager Ron Morony said that this joint venture provides an exciting prospect to create significant employment opportunities for indigenous communities in the Nambucca area.

“This commercial project is a landmark development for an indigenous organisation and we are pleased to have passed one of the most important milestones in the project in getting it approved.

“IBA also believes that there is considerable potential for small business development opportunities for indigenous Australians to flow from this project,” said Morony.

The new centre will include a full line national brand supermarket, a major brand discount department store and a range of specialty retail outlets.

The development and construction will be overseen by specialised retail development and project management company Restifa & Partners that facilitated the construction and expansion of the Park Beach Plaza in Coffs Harbour.