Gungahlin cinema development application given go ahead
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Gungahlin cinema development application given go ahead

Get the popcorn ready - the proposed cinema precinct for Gungahlin's town centre has been given the green light.

Officials have approved plans for the complex corner of Hibberson Street and Hinder Street, which will encompass almost 20,000 square metres of cinema and retail space.

An artist impression of the proposed Gungahlin cinema and entertainment precinct.

An artist impression of the proposed Gungahlin cinema and entertainment precinct.Credit:Cox Architecture

Gungahlin's growing population has waited for a cinema for years, with the closest screens in Belconnen.

Now the cinema is expected to be ready as early as next year.

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Last year Hoyts Australia was announced as the preferred operator for the cinema, which is set to have eight screens and a range of dining basement parking for 310 cars.

Construction is expected to kick off in the second half of this year.

Gungahlin Community Council president Peter Elford said while there minor changes to the development during the application process, it was largely passed as was.

He believed the cinema precinct and the light rail would be roughly finished around the same time so it was a "win win" for Gungahlin.

"We're joyous, would be a short description," Mr Elford said.

"It's a very popular topic among the Gungahlin community, people are always asking when it is coming. Well, it's coming now. With any luck we'll be able to buy tickets by the end of 2018."

Mr Elford said while the process had taken a few years it was worth the wait.

"The first inkling we were going to get a cinema was in 2010 when the land is available but it took many years to consummate the sale. It's been a long-winded process," he said.

Member for Yerrabi Michael Pettersson said the cinema approval followed a high level of investment in the Gungahlin region.

"The community has been calling for these facilities, this will mean residents won't have to travel as far for a night out or to entertain the kids in the holidays," Mr Pettersson said.

"Gungahlin is one of the fastest growing areas in Australia. This will make Gungahlin town centre and even better place."

Katie Burgess is a reporter for the Canberra Times, covering ACT politics.

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