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Gungahlin Community Council goes into bat for Magnet Mart

By johnboy - 13 March 2013 24

The GCC is kicking up a fuss over the Stalinist command and control based land planning in the ACT which is going to plonk a Bunnings down next to the Magnet Mart.

The Gungahlin Community Council meeting on Wednesday 13 March will hear a presentation on pre Development Application consultation relating to the proposed development of a Bunnings Warehouse on the hitherto ‘abandoned’ site opposite the Gungahlin College.

The location is Block 1 Section 4 bounded by Anthony Rolfe Avenue, Gribble Street, Hibberson Street & Franz Bormann Close – immediately adjoining the Magnet Mart carpark.

This site was excavated many years ago in anticipation of a bulky goods development taking place. Inaction has resulted in the site being an eyesore for a considerable period of time. GCC has commented that progress on commencing much needed development is extremely slow in the Town Centre.

Over the past several years significant consultation has taken place about the need for improved public transport facilities in Gungahlin. Gribble Street has been ‘earmarked’ for a major transit hub – the likely terminus of the Light Rail service, the interchange for new rapid bus services between Belconnen & Gungahlin & the provision of bike storage facilities to encourage greater patronage of Bike’n’Ride services. The proposed location of enlarged Park’n’Ride facilities within 1 block was predicated on the basis of the transit hub being developed & expanded.

GCC is still ‘peeved’ that a reason for not locating the new Northside sub-acute hospital in Gungahlin was that the land in & around the Town Centre was too valuable for low level developments.

Yet the planners continue to limit developments to a maximum of 4 storeys/levels & continue to ‘approve’ low level developments. GCC wants to see a mix of densification (in the Town Centre) & low-level residential development (suburbs) to add to the appeal of Gungahlin as a liveable area.

If all available land is sold off for low level development it is unlikely that sufficient critical mass will eventuate in the Town Centre to attract all the services & amenities needed by a population base rapidly heading towards 50,000 with the potential to reach 100,000.

GCC wants to see a review of any Gungahlin Master Plan or precinct plan to ensure that the current situation does not get any worse. There is a growing chorus of complaints from residents about poor or apparent lack of planning, not only in the Town Centre but in many Gungahlin suburbs.

Longer term planning suggests that the proposed bulky goods site would be more effectively used as a modern transit hub complete with more commercial & entertainment facilities. Adequate vacant land suitable for another large hardware store exists close to Mitchell.

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Gungahlin Community Council goes into bat for Magnet Mart
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b2 11:17 am
13 Mar 13
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Magnet Mart is owned by the Danks Group and is about to rebranded as Home Hardware. The Danks group is owned by Woolworths. Coles owns Bunnings, so it will be the perfect battle.

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c_c™ 11:35 am
13 Mar 13
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b2 said :

Magnet Mart is owned by the Danks Group and is about to as Home Hardware. The Danks group is owned by Woolworths. Coles owns Bunnings, so it will be the perfect battle.

Danks is owned by both Woolworths and the US Lowes Hardware chain, so they potentially have more muscle behind them.

Funny thing is despite the muscle, I recently had to buy paint samples. Masters was $5 more expensive than sister store Magnet Mart at Gunghalin.

You would have to be an idiot to shop at Masters. Little bit of competition will hopefully keep Magnet Mart competitive.

Will be interesting to see if the rebranding hurts them, remember when they ditched the bald guy for the ranger and the new theme song – it backfired badly.

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c_c™ 11:35 am
13 Mar 13
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c_c™ 11:39 am
13 Mar 13
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b2 said :

Magnet Mart is owned by the Danks Group and is about to rebranded as Home Hardware. The Danks group is owned by Woolworths. Coles owns Bunnings, so it will be the perfect battle.

Read the DA, and you’re half right. Magnet Mart name is being retained, but will be co branded as Home – resulting in the elongated name ‘Magnet Mart Home Timber and Hardware’.

So I guess they learnt from last time and want to retain the brand loyalty while achieving better scales of economy.

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peitab 11:40 am
13 Mar 13
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b2 said :

Magnet Mart is owned by the Danks Group and is about to rebranded as Home Hardware. The Danks group is owned by Woolworths. Coles owns Bunnings, so it will be the perfect battle.

Really? I didn’t know that. I’ll stop going out of my way to patronise Magnet Mart instead of Bunnings now that I know it’s owned by one of the evil two.

Also, before knowing that Magnet Mart was owned by Woolies, I was outraged that Bunnings could be opening up down the street from it. Now I couldn’t care less.

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Duffbowl 11:56 am
13 Mar 13
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Quick and minor correction. Bunnings is owned by Wesfarmers, who also own Coles. Same shite, same bucket, different blender.

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puggy 12:01 pm
13 Mar 13
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peitab said :

Also, before knowing that Magnet Mart was owned by Woolies, I was outraged that Bunnings could be opening up down the street from it. Now I couldn’t care less.

If you live in the area you should care. It’s a complete waste of town centre land and is yet another example of the ACT Government’s preference for “money talks” urban planning. There is nowhere in Canberra where there is a Magnet Mart/Home right next to a Bunnings. Two giant sheds don’t need to be right next to each other to provide competition. I leave most of my major hardware purchases for trips to Belco or Fyshwick. It’s not that far to travel. In any case, why can’t Bunnings do something with their trade only site in Mitchell, or something anywhere else in Mitchell for that matter.

In a few years, the last of Gungahlin’s suburbs would have begun construction, and we still have a piddling amount of jobs located in the town centre. We need office space and other urban amenities.

Another lovely “money talks” example is the block for tender on, I think, Hinder and Efkarpidis. It’s specifically for a “drinking establishment”. A whole block of land for a drinking establishment means one thing: yet another pokie filled club.

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EvanJames 12:08 pm
13 Mar 13
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b2 said :

Magnet Mart is owned by the Danks Group and is about to be rebranded as Home Hardware.

That explains why they’ve arranged a Home Hardware banner around the Magnet Mart sign over the Qbn store. Interesting. Are they the ones who have those fake dogs in their ad?

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artuoui 12:15 pm
13 Mar 13
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peitab said :

Also, before knowing that Magnet Mart was owned by Woolies, I was outraged that Bunnings could be opening up down the street from it. Now I couldn’t care less.

Except that it comes back to the GCC’s original complaint about lobbing another huge shed and carpark development in the Gungahlin town center – which will work against the centre reaching a critical mass of commercial activity and population density to sustain itself while generating an increase in car traffic through the place.

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Gungahlin Al 12:38 pm
13 Mar 13
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On the issue, there was a good plan submitted and I believe approved for this block of land some 3 years ago. It retained the master plan-desired streetscape, recognising that this is the main street of the town, and opposite the new library and college.

To plonk a giant Bunnings barn the likes of the one at Fyshwick on that block would be an atrocious outcome for Hibberson Street. I don’t see how it could possibly satisfy the Territory Plan requirements. You might as well stick one on London Circuit while you’re at it for the same outcome.

Gungahlin needs homewares stores not more hardware, rather than everyone beating a path to Fyshwick every weekend when they’re building.

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Holden Caulfield 1:04 pm
13 Mar 13
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Gungahlin Al said :

Gungahlin needs homewares stores not more hardware…

Was the same argument used prior to Coles opening?

I haven’t lived in Gungahlin for quite a few years now, but if not Magnet Mart aren’t the closest available choices Bunnings, in Belconnen or Fyshwick, or Masters at the airport?

Can’t see how having another hardware store in Gungahlin is a bad thing, I wouldn’t be too fussed regarding its location, put it where best makes sense.

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p1 1:12 pm
13 Mar 13
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+1 for I can’t believe that would put two ultra large hardware stores right next to each other. Idiots.

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dpm 2:01 pm
13 Mar 13
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p1 said :

+1 for I can’t believe that would put two ultra large hardware stores right next to each other. Idiots.

Money talks, apparently….

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Holden Caulfield 3:19 pm
13 Mar 13
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p1 said :

+1 for I can’t believe that would put two ultra large hardware stores right next to each other. Idiots.

Okay, what am I missing here?

It’s okay for car yards to all be in a line. And for supermarkets to be next door, or very close, to each other.

But not hardware stores, apparently.

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Keijidosha 3:36 pm
13 Mar 13
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An interesting tidbit of information is that prior to being bought out by Danks/Woolworths/Lowes, Magnet Mart had planned to open a warehouse store on vacant land opposite Bunnings in Tuggeranong. Had it played out I wonder if this scenario would have drawn such ire?

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