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18 NT BUSINESS REVIEW WEDNESDAY MARCH 8 2017 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 MORE than half of the ex-Defence homes removed from RAAF Base Darwin over the last few years have already been bought. The major logistical task had 320 homes removed from Eaton near the Narrows and relocated to an old defence radar facility on the Stuart Highway near Pinelands. The first of the homes was removed in 2014. Northern Transportables sales consultant Tony Shuttleworth said buyers were predominantly from the Darwin Rural areas and some had been New shopping centres a boon for fringe areas THE retail segment in Darwin in 2017 will experience its greatest shake-up for many years when not one, but two new regional shopping centres open their doors for business. Gateway is located on the highway on the fringe of the Palmerston CBD, 18km southeast of Darwin. This is a joint venture project between the Coombes Property Group, with local connections, and Challenger, being constructed by Hutchinsons. It will offer a Woolworths, Big W, cinema complex and over 100 special ties and is expected to open midyear. Also expected to open midyear is Coolalinga Village, in the Darwin rural area, 25km southeast of the city on the opposite side of the track from a large Woolworths-based complex. Coolalinga Village is being developed by Gwelo, a longstanding Darwin developer and will be anchored by Coles and Kmart. There is already a fast food outlet and a service station on the site, but the main development will accommodate additional specialties with further stages already planned. We will therefore move from a situation where Darwins main growth corridor to the southeast has been underserviced by retail for many years to a situation where Palmerston and rural area residents will be spoiled for choice. Not only will these two major centres be an option, but also new smaller centres at Bakewell, Rosebery, Bellamack and Zuccoli which are already trading or, in the case of Zuccoli, will be trading soon. Add to this the existing Palmerston Shopping Centre and Oasis Shopping Centre and the options are quite wide. The effects on the rental market for retail space remain to be seen but the increased competitive tension between all these centres does result in some choices for tenants which have not always been available in the past. This may place some downward pressure on rents, however if each centre can attract sufficient patronage, this may not be the case. Certainly there will be some effect on Casuarina, which is currently Darwins dominant retail precinct. Casuarina is disadvantaged by its location in the northern suburbs, which is close to the hospital and university, but somewhat removed from the southeast urban growth corridor. Casuarina is already reinventing itself as a destination, with a new restaurant/entertainment precinct, rather than just a mall retailer. Anecdotal evidence is pointing to population decline across Darwin and unless a major employment driver emerges soon, then this population decline will inevitably result in reduced trading for all retailers and difficulties for each centre attracting sufficient patronage. We are seeing weakness across all property segments in Darwin and the challenge will be to ensure sufficient population growth to ensure the viability of all these new outlets as well as existing facilities. TERRY ROTH HERRON TODD WHITE BUSINESS NEWS Airport plans ready for public viewing THE public has 60 days to respond to the preliminary draft master plan and environment strategy for Darwin International Airport. The draft was released yesterday. The public has until June 6 to respond. DIA chief executive officer Ian Kew said an airport is more than just a place for planes and runways. Darwin International Airport 2017 Master Plan is both a regulatory requirement and an important strategic planning tool that outlines our vision for projected growth over the next 20 years, he said. It is a blueprint that guides longer-range infrastructure investments while giving us the flexibility to adapt to emerging trends. At the same time, the master plan helps stakeholders understand the diversity of our business and our development plans by setting out the rationale for multiple land use precincts covering aviation, commercial, tourism, retail and conservation. Certainly our primary business is looking after passengers, freight, roads, carparks, security, arrival and departure halls and baggage carousels. At a high level, we might equally be described as providing critical transport infrastructure, an aviation gateway or as a profitable Australian business. At DIA, however, we prefer to see ourselves as a provider of services and experiences. Written comments should be submitted by June 6 by mail at PO Box 40996, Casuarina NT 0811 or by email to email@example.com. They can also be delivered to 1 Fenton Court, Eaton, NT 0820. The Gateway shopping centre in Yarrawonga is under construction Picture: IVAN RACHMAN Making old homes new delivered as far away as Katherine. Electrical and plumbing services are functioning and ready to be connected, however some upgrades or minor repairs may be required, he said. It is appealing to be able to get a three-bedroom, onebathroom home onto a block in the Darwin Rural area for about $170,000 including transport and reinstallation costs, he said. About 160 have been already been sold and we have approximately 100 available at the moment. We will be relocating a further 60 houses off the Eaton site this year. Most of the homes were built in the late 1970s, although some were built as late as the early nineties. These newer houses with high pitched roof lines have provided extra logistical challenges for transportation. The most expensive house relocation to date came to about $300,000 installed on site. Mr Shuttleworth said homes could be relocated as is on blocks zoned rural, rural living, agriculture or horticulture under a current building note exemption, as long as it met all the requirements. He said open days started on Saturday morning between 9am and noon. Northern Transportables Anthony Shuttleworth is selling old RAAF houses at Berrimah Picture: IVAN RACHMAN ASHLEY MANICAROS 18 NT BUSINESS REVIEW WEDNESDAY MARCH 8 2017 NTNE01Z01MA - V1
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