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Small shops change to survive
The owner of Ainslie's IGA Manuel Xyrakis. Suburban shops are at risk of
losing out to big retail centres across the ACT unless they reinvent
themselves and diversify, according to a national property advisory.
Photo: Jamila Toderas
Canberra s suburban shops will fall
prey to larger retail centres unless they
reinvent themselves and diversify, a
national property advisory group says.
Herron Todd White ACT managing
director David James said it was
becoming difficult for smaller stores to
compete with the Canberra Centre and
growing retail destinations in Majura
Park, Fyshwick, Belconnen and
Some smaller local shopping
centres have struggled with declining
patronage given the competition from
group centres and town centres with
larger supermarkets and a greater
range of products, he said.
These developments make
discretionary spending harder as the
dollar only goes so far.
To survive, Mr James said smaller
suburban retailers should replicate
efforts by retailers in Ainslie to
reinvent themselves and attract new
Some local centres have done well
and created their own niche markets
like the Ainslie shops, but they have
gone through their own regeneration
challenges with declining patronage,
You have to look for new ways to
attract the market, whether that is great
restaurants or a supermarket that
provides to the needs of the local
Ainslie IGA general manager
Manuel Xyrakis, who also owns other
properties at the Ainslie shops, said he
had worked hard to reinvent the in-
store butcher, baker and fresh food
You really have to try new things
and make changes when you re a local
supermarket; you can t just say we ve
done it this way for so long and that s
it, he said.
Every shop here has been
refurbished or modernised in the last
five years despite it being one of the
oldest suburban shopping centres to be
built in Canberra.
Busy year for
The RSPCA ACT has broken multiple animal
welfare records over the 2014-15 financial year.
It had the highest number of kitten adoptions
ever recorded, beating last year s record by 76
kittens, and the lowest number of adult cats and
RSPCA ACT animal welfare director Jane
Gregor said the fact they had broken the record
for kitten adoptions and the lowest euthanasia
record for adult cats and dogs in the same year
was a testament to the hard work of the entire
team keeping the animals healthy and rehoming
them as quickly as possible.
The inspectorate has also had an
unprecedented year with nine successful
prosecutions, 22 matters awaiting court
decisions and 981 animals either seized or
surrendered over the past 12 months.
This is up from zero prosecutions, three
matters awaiting court decisions and 34 animals
seized or surrendered via the inspectors the
RSPCA ACT chief executive Tammy Ven
Dange said almost 1000 animals had come
through their inspectors last year.
I don t think the team could have worked
any harder to help abandoned, neglected and
abused animals, she said.
We really hope that incoming numbers will
go down in 2015-16. With the support of the
greater Canberra community, we have plans to
put more proactive measures in place to help us
with this, but we are ready to respond to the
same number of animal cruelty matters if we
have to do so again."
will be better off
Households in south Canberra are tipped to
survive the federal government s first two
budgets better than any other region in
Australia, according to new analysis.
The modelling conducted by the National
Centre for Social and Economic Modelling was
not commissioned by Labor or any other
It provides a snapshot of the average annual
dollar impact on the typical household in the
2018-19 financial year because that is when
most policies will have kicked in.
Of the 100 suburbs tipped to be best off as a
result of Mr Hockey s budgets, 19 were from the
ACT with Kingston and Barton ranked sixth and
Forrest at 15th.
Ben Phillips, principal research fellow at
NATSEM who prepared the modelling, said he
was not surprised southern Canberra stood to be
better off than other areas.
Households across all of Canberra stand to
be $104 better off while nationally, the average
household will be about $230 out of pocket, he
The hardest hit ACT suburbs were Gungahlin
where households stand to lose $261.90, while
those in Dunlop, Isabella Plains and Ngunnawal
will lose $254, $247 and $226 respectively.
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