About Highfields Village Shopping Centre

In early 2001 John Stirling could see the demonstrable need for a local, quality shopping centre. Market research conducted by Lauder Pty Ltd confirmed this need so early planning was conducted on various design options and retail mixes with retailers and the Crows Nest Shire Council (CNS). Part of the commercial was sold to a consortium to develop a tavern and soon construction of the Highfields Tavern commenced.

Under the guidance of CNS Mayor, Geoff Patch and CEO, David McEvoy, who both shared Lauder’s vision for a future quality vibrant Town Centre, the heart of Highfields was born.

With all approvals in place construction of Stage One of Highfields Village Shopping Centre commenced in late 2002. This initial stage comprised of a 2500m2 Action Supermarket and 14 specialty shops providing a total of approx. 5000m2 GFA. The Highfields Village Shopping Centre was officially opened on 8th December 2003 by the then Premier of Queensland Hon. Peter Beattie MLA.

Lauder Pty Ltd vision for Highfields Village Shopping Centre was to address best practice urban design principals by where the Shopping Centre would seamlessly link to other surrounding community assets (Tavern, Schools, Sport & Recreation and Community facilities). This enabled the overall stable of assets to become a community hub where the residents of Highfields and surrounds can meet, shop, socialise and recreate.

In November 2005 Woolworths Supermarkets took over the Action Supermarket lease as part of a national buy out of Action assets by Metcash which saw Woolworths Supermarkets purchase the leases for four prime supermarket locations in Queensland.

In 2009 construction commenced on the development of a freestanding purpose built Hardware building.  Upon completion in late 2010, Craigs Home Hardware relocated to the site  making them the biggest hardware store in the region.   This new premises allowed Craigs Home Hardware to introduce 5000 new products in to the store.  Craigs Home Hardware are a multi award winning retailer and are one of Australia’s leading hardware operators.

In May 2012 Lauder Pty Ltd announced that they had embarked on a $7 million expansion plan that included the addition of the following;

  • Construction of a new 406sqm freestanding food precinct which opened in June 2012 fully leased
  • Woolworths Petrol outlet opened in September 2013
  • Reconfigured car park providing extra spaces and shade sails
  • Branding update
  • Way find signage upgrade throughout the precinct
  • Landscaping upgrade
  • Installation of a new CCTV security system
  • Installation of free customer WIFI into the food precinct
  • Expansion of 1,200sqm and upgrade of the existing Woolworths tenancy to create a full line supermarket.

The redeveloped Highfields Village Shopping Centre featured the latest in environmental and sustainability practices, with existing tenants encouraged to reduce energy and water usage.

Highfields is a continually expanding integrated community located 14 kms north of Toowoomba. Highfields Village Shopping Centre forms the town centre and provides local residents with access to a variety of food and lifestyle amenities.

Trade at the centre continues to grow on a monthly basis and is reflective of the strong population growth in the Highfields / Crows Nest area of over 4% per annum making it one of the top half a dozen growth areas in the state. But more than this it is also reflective of the strong community link the Highfields Village Shopping Centre has with the people of the Highfields region.

Lauder is a family owned and managed residential and retail development company, founded by John and Jill Stirling, long-term residents of the Darling Downs.

Charter Hall purchased Highfields Village Shopping Centre from Lauder in July 2017.

Charter Hall Group has grown, since its launch in 1991, to become one of Australia’s leading property groups, with a total managed property portfolio of $18.0 billion.

We own and manage 304 commercial properties around Australia, including office buildings, supermarket anchored retail centres, and a rapidly growing stable of industrial assets, on behalf of our institutional, wholesale and retail investors.

Our integrated business model, coupled with our highly skilled and motivated team across investment management, asset management, property management, and project delivery produces sustainable returns for our investors, and positive experiences for our tenants and the community.

As a Group, we listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in 2005 under ASX Code: CHC. Charter Hall Group is a stapled security comprising a share in Charter Hall Limited (CHL), the operating business, and a unit in Charter Hall Property Trust (CHPT), which predominantly co-invests in the funds and partnerships the Group manages.

View images Greenfield site at beginning of construction

View images official Action Supermarket opening Nov 2003

View images Highfields Village Shopping Centre official opening Dec 2003


View images Aerial Images from 2003/2004

View images opening promotions 2003

View Woolworths Petrol Highfields