To great fanfare this morning Andrew Barr has announced nothing much we didn’t already know.
The site for the second full-line supermarket at the Dickson Group Centre has been released for sale.
The site is the car park adjacent to Woolworths and the library. The development will also include the construction of an Aldi supermarket.
This project will help realise the vision that was outlined in the Dickson Master Plan, which has been enthusiastically supported by the community.
It will bring more places to shop, more parking and more residents to this very popular group centre, giving it a new lease of life.
The development will more than double the car parking currently available on the site, and will also include a residential component above the shops.
Many people have long complained about the lack of competition at Dickson, and a second full-line supermarket, plus an Aldi, will ensure that shoppers will have more choice.
The final winning bidder will be announced in February 2013. Andrew is promising “alternative parking nearby”, but we’re hard pressed to see where they’re going to replicated the biggest parking lot in the area that is right next to the Woolies.
UPDATE 20/07/12 15:38: The Greens are expressing concern about the pressure this will put on Northbourne Avenue. I for one plan to rat run through Lyneham to get there.
The Greens have welcomed additional supermarket competition in Dickson, but say this growth must go hand in hand with improving transit and housing down the Northbourne Avenue corridor.
“The Greens support another supermarket in Dickson, but this must be linked to fixing the congestion in Northbourne Avenue,” Greens Planning Spokesperson, Caroline Le Couteur MLA, said.
“A revitalised Northbourne Avenue will have a rapid public transport system to cope with the additional transport demands of more supermarkets. The revitalised Northbourne corridor will also, over the next 10 to 20 years, house the additional residents who will shop in the expanded Dickson retail centre.
“The funds the Government raises from this sale of land should be earmarked for public transport improvements along Northbourne Avenue.