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WODEN TOWN CENTRE
Business optimism proving resilient
Modern Skin Care Centre owner Kerrie Stanley will be moving her business to Torrens to make way for Woden's
new bus interchange.
Photo: Emma Kelly
Businesses in Woden's town centre are
serving glasses half full amid a public
service shake-up and overhaul of the
nearby bus interchange.
The latest blow to the centre is the
revelation of the Department of Social
Services' plans to walk away from
about 4500 square metres of office
space at Aviation House and on
But while Marco Imbriano's town
square business Ora Hair, like many,
felt the effects of the public service, he
remained positive about the salon's
"Some people are pulling up saying,
sorry, I just lost my job, I can't come
"Two years after [we opened a
decade ago] Centrelink moved out of
the building but we managed to work
through that. If you provide a good
service you'll generally be OK."
Despite short-term inconvenience,
Mr Imbriano said the bus interchange
upgrade was needed.
He expected a consequent facelift
outside his salon to boost exposure.
Modern Skin Care Centre owner
Kerrie Stanley agreed the area would
benefit from the refresh.
But Ms Stanley, who worked at the
salon for two decades, will not be
around to see the result.
Her business is moving to Torrens
shops before its current base is
demolished as part of the bus station
upgrade -- an exciting new direction
rather than a blow, she said.
Despite the impact of public service
movements, she believed remaining
businesses would pull through.
"People are obviously concerned
about changes going on and there's
always that ripple effect through small
business but I think you find there's a
certain resilience in Canberra
and ... things will get better.''
While a number of businesses were
reluctant to talk about the future of the
town centre, a steady stream of loyal
customers still seem to trickle through
Yet a number of shopfronts inside
and outside Westfield lay dormant.
One business moving out is Adore
Tea -- its main tea house is based at
Gold Creek Village -- after its
Westfield lease was terminated.
Co-owner Marc Nieuwenhuys said
while the public service had impacted
on foot traffic in the mall, business had
Any time foot traffic is reduced it
will have an impact on the bottom line.
Businesses definitely have to work
harder if they want a piece of the pie.''
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT
Principal of Canberra Girls
Grammar School Anne Coutts
1I love the easy access we have to
our museums and galleries in this
capital city. Our students enjoy
studying in the National Library and
benefit enormously from their visits
and interactions with our galleries and
2As a scientist, I love Questacon.
What an interesting place to visit
and what a rich resource for adults and
3I love the range of music we can
access in Canberra. I have seen
performances of jazz, choral music,
brass bands, folk, gospel choirs,
symphonies and more.
NEARER A REALITY
Canberra Burns Club's plan to develop
a childcare centre on land adjacent to
the Kambah club is a step closer. The
organisation has lodged a development
application for the demolition of its car
park and the construction of a new
single-storey childcare centre in its
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