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Friends of Hawker Village secretary Robyn Coghlan says the Hawker shops have become
increasingly shabby as more businesses close their doors.
Photo: Matt Bedford
Hawker shops ban to lift
A three-year moratorium on development at
Hawker shops will be lifted next month but the
ACT government has no plans to begin
community consultations again.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr, who was
responsible for imposing the moratorium three
years ago, said the government had no plans for
While divisions remain between shop
owners, traders and the community about what
form a major redevelopment should take, most
agree something needs to be done.
Hawker Village Bakery owner Paul Topp said
the shops were dying a slow death.
"I ve been here for 15 years and the place just
looks run down, he said.
Mr Topp said a lot of traders had left and the
buildings needed a facelift.
A dry cleaners, video shop, Vietnamese
restaurant and real estate all ceased trading since
the moratorium was imposed. Hawker
pharmacist Bill Wallace said the government
would have spent a lot of money on the
consultation process last time so he understood
if it did not want to revisit development.
"Something has to happen but it is not going to
happen, Mr Wallace said. "There won t be
consensus because there are too many [shop]
owners, and the government, I don t imagine,
will touch it with a barge pole.
Friends of Hawker Village secretary Robyn
Coghlan said feedback to the previous
consultation and draft master plan showed
overwhelming support for a centre which
included convenient and accessible parking, a
children s play area and a mix of goods and
services. "There was a strong view that over-
development and inappropriate development
would kill the centre, not revitalise it, she said.
"The centre holds a unique place as a small
group centre which is quite near several larger
centres (Jamison, Kippax, Belconnen Markets
and Westfield Belconnen) as well as to smaller
suburban centres, so it needs to compete on the
basis of what it does well and to build on those
Ms Coghlan said the community wanted all
relevant parties to work together to ensure the
centre s long-term future.
Friends of Hawker Village also has raised a
number of issues with the government about
maintenance at the centre.
Voluntary fee placed on French lessons
For the first time in its history, Telopea Park
School is asking for a voluntary contribution
from families accessing French education
The bilingual school is asking for $400 a
year, $100 each child a term, for French classes.
The school directed inquiries about the new
fees to the ACT Education and Training
A directorate spokesman said no compulsory
fees would be introduced but the school was
asking for voluntary contributions from parents.
"From the start of 2015 a voluntary contribution
of $100 per child per term, $400 a year, can be
given by families accessing French education
programs at the school, he said.
"Families with a second, and subsequent,
child can make a voluntary contribution of $75
per term per child ($300 a year).
"This will be communicated to parents for the
start of the school year. The Education Act
2004 guarantees the payment of this financial
contribution to a government school is
voluntary. "Schools request voluntary
contributions for programs which have specific
requirements, the spokesman said.
5 - Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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