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Airport threatens cosy retailing monopolies – Can you hear the screams?

By johnboy - 3 August 2005 23

The Canberra Times brings news of plans to develop a factory seconds outlet at the airport. Remember the Orange Grove imbroglio in Sydney?

The Shopping Centre Council of Australia, which represents the owners of Westfield Belconnen, Woden Plaza, the Canberra Centre and Tuggeranong Hyperdome, said the proposal by Canberra Airport had the potential to draw business away from existing retail areas and create an additional town centre which had never been planned.

And the ALP’s man on the spot had this to say:

“I’m not opposed to this type of retailing in the ACT; this is just the wrong place for it to go,” he said. “The ACT is soon to release a block of land in Fyshwick for exactly this type of development and having it at the airport it will be isolated from other retail areas, it’s simply poor planning.”

As usual Simon, you’re too slow. The airport isn’t a great location, but they’re planning to offer 85% lower rents. Something that can be afforded when the developer doesn’t have to jump through your arcane planning hoops and make “suitable donations” to the local ALP. Currently bus operators are able to organise day tours to factory outlets in Sydney, now there’s a great planning outcome!

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andy 12:28 pm 04 Aug 05

parking at the airport is very cheap in comparison to city parking rates.
$70.00 a month.
park there any time at all. assuming you only go there 5 days a week for work (such as myself, and around 700 government staff from our department who were unceremoniously moved out there without any consultation or forethought)
it equates to 3.50 a day.
of course, defence provide free parking for their employees. we’d rather spend our money on.. well.. i don’t quite know.

bonfire 12:14 pm 04 Aug 05

competition will be good for all the retaileres renting in the town centres, it may bring ludicrous rents into some sort of sanity.

i heard one of the airport spivs being interviewed on 666 yesterday, he claimed rents woudl be 85% less than in the town centre temples of avarice.

of course the airport are renowned for squeezing ones lemons until the juice runs down your thighs. its the only airport in oz where someone has to park to collect me.

Maelinar 4:15 pm 03 Aug 05

Westfield Blue I think…

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