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Consulting on the supermarket review

By johnboy - 7 July 2009 6

The Chiefly Jon Stanhope has announced a program of public meetings to have your say on the ACT Government’s review of the supermarket sector.

If you want to be effective you need to send in a submission before 5pm, 24 July to supermarketreview@act.gov.au.

But if you like a good chin-wag and a low chance of getting on TV waving your arms around then there are also public meetings at the town centres:

    Tuggeranong
    Date: 13 July 2009
    Time: 12.30–2.30 pm
    Venue: The Vikings Town Centre
    Cnr Athlon Drive & Rowland Rees Crescent Greenway ACT 2900

    Woden
    Date: 13 July 2009
    Time: 6.30–8.30 pm
    Venue: Canberra Southern Cross Club
    92–96 Corinna Street Woden ACT 2606

    Gungahlin
    Date: 14 July 2009
    Time: 12.30–2.30 pm
    Venue: Gungahlin Lakes Golf Club
    Cnr Gungahlin Drive & Gundaroo Road Nicholls ACT 2913

    Belconnen
    Date: 14 July 2009
    Time: 6.30–8.30 pm
    Venue: West Belconnen Leagues Club
    Hardwick Crescent Kippax ACT 2615

    Civic
    Date: 16 July 2009
    Time: 5–7 pm
    Venue: The ACT Legislative Assembly Building
    London Circuit, Canberra ACT 2601

If you’re planning on going they’d like an RSVP to Supermarketreview@act.gov.au.

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6 Responses to
Consulting on the supermarket review
TP 3000 11:09 pm 07 Jul 09

I thought this came about with what the suburb of Lawson needs. But really if there are too many supermarkets in one area, they usually beat each other out.

Take Kambah for example, we have a population of around 16,000 people. Now we had 5 small shopping centres (with 3 having corner stores within them). We also have a main shopping area (Kambah Village) now a few have been knocked out of business.

We now have 2 shopping areas that have been turned into admin type offices. 1 supermarket has been turned into units. We still have 2 small supermarkets that do all right. We have one other shopping area that appears to be slowly shutting down. Kambah Village is doing abut better then it has for a while. In case some are confused Kambah still has 4 small shopping areas & Kambah Village.

bd84 10:46 pm 07 Jul 09

chokubaijo said :

as housebound said it is all to do with the brawl between the slim line woolies planned for girilang and the two shops in kaleen (supa-barn and iga) both these shops have had people signing petitions against the new shop in girilang. It is a hard one really, on one hand we dont treally want coles and woolies getting a bigger market share, but on the other hand why should the people living in girilang not have a shop when woolies are keen to move in there.

If this is the start of woolies moving into smaller shopping centres is that a bad thing? I guess only if they do it with a plan to close the ones that are no good and try to herd the customers to their other outlets.

It seems to me that supermarkets such as supabarn and IGA appear all for competition when they want to open a supermarket close to a woolworths or coles. However, when it’s the other way around and woolworths/coles wish to open a supermarket anywhere near them, it’s automatically anti-competitive and they get the petitions going. A bit hypocritical from where I sit.

chokubaijo 2:47 pm 07 Jul 09

as housebound said it is all to do with the brawl between the slim line woolies planned for girilang and the two shops in kaleen (supa-barn and iga) both these shops have had people signing petitions against the new shop in girilang. It is a hard one really, on one hand we dont treally want coles and woolies getting a bigger market share, but on the other hand why should the people living in girilang not have a shop when woolies are keen to move in there.

If this is the start of woolies moving into smaller shopping centres is that a bad thing? I guess only if they do it with a plan to close the ones that are no good and try to herd the customers to their other outlets.

housebound 2:30 pm 07 Jul 09

This all started with the brawl between Woolies at Giralang and the supermarkets at Kaleen. The idea of the review is long overdue, but I am a bit suspicious about the timing and, therefore, the ultimate goal.

PigDog 2:11 pm 07 Jul 09

Looks like a good pub crawl. Except the Civic one, or does the Legislative Assembly Building (the LAB?) have a bar.

But a tad more seriously, can the ACT Government influence grocery prices through anything but land planning? I would imagine that only the Feds could do this through the corporation powers – and they seem to have failed.

aidan 11:53 am 07 Jul 09

To save anyone else the 25s it took me to find the relevant ACT government web page:

http://www.business.act.gov.au/the_knowledge_capital/act_supermarket_competition_policy_review

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