Supermarket Planning Policy

Recent articles just published in The Canberra Times reveal the extent to which the flawed ACT Goverment supermarket policy apparently led to a review of the ACT public service and its outcome: the present directorate structure. As reported earlier, developments at the Canberra International Airport with the advent of Costco and Woolworths have exposed the impotence of the ACT Government in attempting to promote supermarket competition. The ACT Government ignored previous Productivity Commission and Australian Competition and Consumer Commision studies in the construction of the policy and managed to earn the flack of the ACTPLA chief executive.

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Canberra Airport supermarkets

The ACT supermarket policy has just hit a roadblock with the announcement that Woolworths will join Costco in a major wholesale supermarket shakeup, after Canberra Airport was forced to look for a new tenant because of the continuing demise of Brand Depot. The only possible benefit to other supermarkets in the ACT from this development is that Costco might become an alternative wholesale supplier for smaller IGA’s and Supabarn in addition to Metcash, as well as Costco being a competitor to Woolworths in wholesale goods. A wide-ranging newspaper dialogue on this topic has just taken place.

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Fears change will spell curtains for traders

The Save Curtin Shops group holds grave concerns for the redevelopment of their local centre, starting with a proposed lease variation. The ACT Government has released a Commercial Zones Policy Review Paper for public comment due on July 5. The Curtin local centre example is pertinent to all suburbs with a local shopping centre.

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Canberra Times: Prime commercial sites passed in at Civic auctions (22 June 2010)

The following article has been reproduced from the Canberra Times: Prime commercial sites passed in at Civic auctions JOHN THISTLETON A glut of commercial development space in Canberra and fears of a legal challenge over a planning amendment on City Hill are being blamed for two premium development blocks at Civic being passed in at auction yesterday. Billed as ”sensational”, ”the pulse of the city” and the ”city’s ultimate address”, the London Circuit car park sites failed to meet the ACT Government’s reserve price.

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ABC News: Little interest in Civic building sites (22 June 2010)

The following article has been reproduced from the ABC News website: Little interest in Civic building sites The ACT Government’s land and property services expert says he was surprised by the lack of national interest from property developers in the auction of two key city sites yesterday. The two sites on London Circuit which failed to sell in the auction yesterday are currently under a 48 hour negotiation process with local developers. Bidding started slowly and inched towards $5.25 million and $8.6 million for the respective blocks, well below the expected prices. A similar inner city car park site sold

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Outdoor Cafe Policy goes out to public consultation (closing 25 June 2010)

The Office of Regulatory Services (ORS) exercises certain responsibilities under the Roads and Public Places Act 1937. Among these responsibilities is the issuing of outdoor cafe permits. The Outdoor Cafe Policy (the Policy) sets out guidelines on the permit application process, appropriate clearance zones for footpaths and furniture, and other information on the conditions of use for an outdoor cafe permit. The PolicyÔÇÖs main objective is to maximise the benefits between outdoor cafe areas and other public uses of unleased territory land in the ACT. The Policy is currently under review and has been released for public comment. The ORS

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Canberra Times: Wine group plans $15m hotel complex

The National Capital Authority has recently issued Draft Development Control Plan (DCP) No:171/10/0002 in response to proposals for a renewed service station/restaurant on the Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) site; and a $15million hotel complex on the Kamberra winery site on Northbourne Avenue in north Canberra. The Canberra Times covered both of these stories on March 2. This article contains a transcription of the newspaper articles and Figure 3 extracted from the DCP showing the land subject to the plan. The cut-off date for submissions to the DCP is March 29 2010. The document in full is available from www.nationalcapital.gov.au.

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Invitation to comment: Draft Terms of Reference for Review of Canberra Airport Noise Abatement Procedures (closing 28 February 2010)

Airservices Australia has published the draft Terms of Reference for the Airservices Australia review of Canberra Airport Noise Abatement Procedures. As noted in the attached document, please forward any additional comments or suggestions in writing to Ms Linda Thane at Airservices Australia by email linda.thane@airservicesaustralia.com by the end of February 2010 at the latest. Please address any specific questions you may have on the draft Terms of Reference or the Review more generally to Airservices Australia at the email address above. The document has been reproduced below:

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The Chronicle: Farmers want to keep identity

Majura Valley truffle farmer Sherry NcArdle-Enlish in conjunction with the Molongo Catchment Group have obtained funds under the Federal Government’s Caring for Country program to identify baseline knowledge, willingness to adopt sustainable agriculture practices and identy land management options in the Majura Valley.

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Invitation to Comment: Supermarket Competition (Closing 20 November 2009)

The Chief Minister launched the Martin Review on supermarket competition policy in the ACT on 7 October 2009. At this launch the Chief Minister instructed his Department to provide an implementation plan within three months. The implementation plan will put the 15 recommendations of the supermarket competition policy review into action and will guide future supermarket development in the ACT. Submissions from the ACT community are currently being sought by the Supermarket Competition Coordination Committee. The committee is particularly keen to hear the views of the ACT community on what type of development would be suitable for local and group

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