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Andrew Barr saws the plank to open Masters at Majura Park

By johnboy 18 July 2012 27

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Andrew Barr is spruiking the Woolworths group lastest venture, Masters Home Improvement, now open out at the airport.

This morning I joined Ben Camire, National Operations Manager of Masters Home Improvement, to officially open Canberra’s first Masters Home Improvement store at Majura Park.

The new Masters store will contribute some 170 new jobs and boost employment located at Canberra Airport towards 11,000 workers.

It will also give consumers more choice in the growing retail precinct at Majura Park. This means a wider selection of places to shop and greater convenience and value, which can only be a good thing for ACT residents.

Masters Home Improvement is a joint venture between Woolworths and US-based home improvement chain Lowe’s that has been established to compete for a market share in the Australian big-box warehouse retail sector.

The end of Bunnings as the centre of civic life in Canberra?

[The rather clever sawing of the plank in favour of cutting the ribbon courtesy of Minister Barr’s facebook page]

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nsn 5:05 pm 19 Jul 12

Chill out there.
There is public art and private art. The former is paid for by people who have no input into the issue (you and me) and the former is paid for solely by the individual who is sponsoring it.
I notice the Canberra Airport private art was commisioned by the Federal Minister for Arts (Simon Crean) and not Mr Barr. The Airport piece is certainly more tasteful than the ACT government efforts.

Actually, no. “Public art” means art that is in the public domain. The term does not connote public funding. Public art can be commissioned by government, equally it can be commissioned by the private sector. The sculptures at the airport are public art, just as much as the pieces the ACT Government is responsible for. What you’re talking about is government-funded public art.

dungfungus 10:46 am 19 Jul 12

dungfungus said :

nsn said :

dungfungus said :

SnapperJack said :

EvanJames said :

davo101 said :

artuoui said :

The staff are keeping a safe distance.

I don’t know who’s in charge of health and safety but that gentleman in the middle sure needs to go to re-education camp, not a single piece of safety equipment on him and, good Lord, is that a tie?

yes, damn it! He needs a hi-vis vest, helmet/goggles/earphones, armoured gloves, steel-capped boots, knee-protectors, and a mouth guard.

Not to mention a sparkly blue helmet and the karaoke track for Macho Man.

He wanted to look like the builder guy in the Village People.

Oh I get it – because Andrew Barr is gay! HAHAHAHA! You are so witty!

dungfungus said :

Pork Hunt said :

dungfungus said :

EvanJames said :

dungfungus said :

Er, Canberra Airport?
What happened to Canberra International Airport?

I think “canberra airport” is the address location of that Masters shop, so it’s like a district or precinct.

You are correct EJ – I was just being cynical in speculating that Stephen Byron had finally conceded that there will never be scheduled international flights to and from Canberra.
Seriously though, the Snow family should be applauded for the incredible business enterprise they have created around the airport. Imagine what the place would be like if the ACT Governmnet had bought the Airport instead. Probably would be covered with arboretums and bicycle tracks/speed cameras.
Any chance we can get the Snows to run for government in October?

Don’t forget the artworks…

As soon as I had sent the post I knew I had left off the public art. Thanks for spotting it.

Right. Because public art is evil and wrong and is a folly that only the ACT Government would ever spend money on, not a sensible businessman like Snow. Oh, wait: http://www.canberraairport.com.au/media%20releases/MediaRelease09_2Jun.pdf
http://www.canberraairport.com.au/media%20releases/MediaRelease12_2Apr.pdf

Chill out there.
There is public art and private art. The former is paid for by people who have no input into the issue (you and me) and the former is paid for solely by the individual who is sponsoring it.
I notice the Canberra Airport private art was commisioned by the Federal Minister for Arts (Simon Crean) and not Mr Barr. The Airport piece is certainly more tasteful than the ACT government efforts.

I meant the latter is paid for by the private sponser.

dungfungus 10:45 am 19 Jul 12

nsn said :

dungfungus said :

SnapperJack said :

EvanJames said :

davo101 said :

artuoui said :

The staff are keeping a safe distance.

I don’t know who’s in charge of health and safety but that gentleman in the middle sure needs to go to re-education camp, not a single piece of safety equipment on him and, good Lord, is that a tie?

yes, damn it! He needs a hi-vis vest, helmet/goggles/earphones, armoured gloves, steel-capped boots, knee-protectors, and a mouth guard.

Not to mention a sparkly blue helmet and the karaoke track for Macho Man.

He wanted to look like the builder guy in the Village People.

Oh I get it – because Andrew Barr is gay! HAHAHAHA! You are so witty!

dungfungus said :

Pork Hunt said :

dungfungus said :

EvanJames said :

dungfungus said :

Er, Canberra Airport?
What happened to Canberra International Airport?

I think “canberra airport” is the address location of that Masters shop, so it’s like a district or precinct.

You are correct EJ – I was just being cynical in speculating that Stephen Byron had finally conceded that there will never be scheduled international flights to and from Canberra.
Seriously though, the Snow family should be applauded for the incredible business enterprise they have created around the airport. Imagine what the place would be like if the ACT Governmnet had bought the Airport instead. Probably would be covered with arboretums and bicycle tracks/speed cameras.
Any chance we can get the Snows to run for government in October?

Don’t forget the artworks…

As soon as I had sent the post I knew I had left off the public art. Thanks for spotting it.

Right. Because public art is evil and wrong and is a folly that only the ACT Government would ever spend money on, not a sensible businessman like Snow. Oh, wait: http://www.canberraairport.com.au/media%20releases/MediaRelease09_2Jun.pdf
http://www.canberraairport.com.au/media%20releases/MediaRelease12_2Apr.pdf

Chill out there.
There is public art and private art. The former is paid for by people who have no input into the issue (you and me) and the former is paid for solely by the individual who is sponsoring it.
I notice the Canberra Airport private art was commisioned by the Federal Minister for Arts (Simon Crean) and not Mr Barr. The Airport piece is certainly more tasteful than the ACT government efforts.

nsn 10:33 am 19 Jul 12

dungfungus said :

SnapperJack said :

EvanJames said :

davo101 said :

artuoui said :

The staff are keeping a safe distance.

I don’t know who’s in charge of health and safety but that gentleman in the middle sure needs to go to re-education camp, not a single piece of safety equipment on him and, good Lord, is that a tie?

yes, damn it! He needs a hi-vis vest, helmet/goggles/earphones, armoured gloves, steel-capped boots, knee-protectors, and a mouth guard.

Not to mention a sparkly blue helmet and the karaoke track for Macho Man.

He wanted to look like the builder guy in the Village People.

Oh I get it – because Andrew Barr is gay! HAHAHAHA! You are so witty!

dungfungus said :

Pork Hunt said :

dungfungus said :

EvanJames said :

dungfungus said :

Er, Canberra Airport?
What happened to Canberra International Airport?

I think “canberra airport” is the address location of that Masters shop, so it’s like a district or precinct.

You are correct EJ – I was just being cynical in speculating that Stephen Byron had finally conceded that there will never be scheduled international flights to and from Canberra.
Seriously though, the Snow family should be applauded for the incredible business enterprise they have created around the airport. Imagine what the place would be like if the ACT Governmnet had bought the Airport instead. Probably would be covered with arboretums and bicycle tracks/speed cameras.
Any chance we can get the Snows to run for government in October?

Don’t forget the artworks…

As soon as I had sent the post I knew I had left off the public art. Thanks for spotting it.

Right. Because public art is evil and wrong and is a folly that only the ACT Government would ever spend money on, not a sensible businessman like Snow. Oh, wait: http://www.canberraairport.com.au/media%20releases/MediaRelease09_2Jun.pdf
http://www.canberraairport.com.au/media%20releases/MediaRelease12_2Apr.pdf

rosscoact 8:36 am 19 Jul 12

EvanJames said :

Their prices on Weber Qs seemed particularly good.

enough reason to go

EvanJames 10:25 pm 18 Jul 12

Martlark said :

Do they have dodgem utes to get around? That’s the only way you’d get me travelling that far to pick up a bag of 200×3 inch nails and a charity sausage.

They have giant weird shopping trolleys to put children in, they’re like the fronts of trains. And as for charity sausages, they had the sausage thing going outside…. staffed by Masters people! Maybe they were raising money for their wages.

Dacquiri 9:56 pm 18 Jul 12

Ah, this would be the same Andrew Barr who has been so aggressively pushing urban ‘density’ on the grounds that we should all be living and shopping local in support of more ‘sustainable’ lifestyles, reducing Canberra’s carbon footprint, etc., etc. So it’s interesting to see his gloating about yet another big-box enterprise on the city fringes, full of imported stuff, to which Canberrans will be driving in their big private cars which Barr and his ilk are trying to convince us we don’t need.

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