The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur has announced her plans to move against the QIC takeover of Civic in the Legislative Assembly:
“My motion raises a number of issues which have been of growing concern to shoppers and small businesses in Civic. These small businesses in City Walk and East Civic provide retail diversity to Canberra’s commercial heart.
“QIC now owns a solid portion of Civic, and there are no laws designed to stop such an ownership concentration.
“Businesses have told us that QIC is continuing to buy up blocks adjacent to the Canberra Centre, making conditions unpalatable for current tenants.
“It’s not clear what the long term plan is, but with the growing number of empty shopfronts, the centre of Civic is becoming less unattractive, and now Centrepoint is the dead heart of Civic.
“My motion calls for:
– Exploring options to minimise land and retail dominance in planning, land sale or other decisions, including through discussions with the ACCC
– Lease conditions to be enforced in Centrepoint
– Small business impact studies to be undertaken by a Government appointed consultant
– More toilets, public seating, the civic cycle loop and other actions to improve the amenity of Civic
– A master plan for Civic