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Government will establish a statutory authority (Belconnen Mall)



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The M in is te r f o r jthe C a p ita l T e r r i t o r y , Hr Kep Snderby, announced

to d ay th e Government m i l e s t a b l i s h a s t a t u t o r y a u th o r ity w ith powers to

a rra n g e th e developm ent and long term management o f C anberra*s t h i r d r e t a i l

shopping m all a t th e B elconnen Town C e n tre .

M alls have a lre a d y been b u i l t i n th e C ity and a t th e Woden Town

C e n tre .

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The Belconnen M all w i l l c o n ta in a wide range o f r e t a i l , com m ercial

and community f a c i l i t i e s o f about 650,000 sq f t g r o s s , in c lu d in g a m ajor

p e d e s tr ia n co n co u rse. .

The p ro p o sa l f o r ^the m a ll a u th o r ity was developed by th e Departm ent

o f th e C a p ita l T e r r ito r y with, th e NCDC from id e a s and s u g g e s tio n s from th e ACT: i A dvisory C ouncil and community o r g a n is a ti o n s . I t w i l l r e q u ir e s p e c ia l ,-.··

l e g i s l a t i o n which w i l l now be: d r a f te d . I t i s ex p ected th e r e w i l l be community

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r e p r e s e n ta tio n on th e a u th o r ity which v /ill o p e ra te on commercial p r i n c i p l e s to

be approved by th e Government..

Mr Enderby s a id i t was an e x c itin g p ro p o sa l r e p re s e n tin g v ery high

q u a lity p lan n in g by th e NCDC which w i l l g iv e an o p p o rtu n ity f o r th e community

to g e t th e b e s t p o s s ib le range o f r e t a i l f a c i l i t i e s , c re a te , an a t t r a c t i v e and

c o m p e titiv e c e n tr e , h e lp to reduce p re s s u re s on p r ic e s and promote new

community v e n tu re s .

T his approach to developm ent by a Government agency of a m ajor

r e t a i l c e n tr e could p ro v id e v a lu a b le s o c i a l e x p e rie n c e f o r o th e r proposed urban

a re a s th ro u g h o u t A u s t r a lia . ;

5 A p ril 1973