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The Centralian advocate Tue 20 May 2008



The Centralian advocate Tue 20 May 2008


Centralian Advocate; NewspaperNT




Incorrectly numbered on first page as v. 61 no. 102; This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.




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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 61 no. 103

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Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, May 20, 2008 13 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 2 0 -M A Y -2 0 0 8 P A G E : 1 3 C O L O R : C M Y K 3 6 4 7 0 2 / 0 8 COMMERCIAL AND RETAIL Chain stores set for Target leases Rebecca Lollback TWO major chain stores are expected to take up leases in the Alice Plaza. The new stores which will be located on each side of the entrance to Target a r e p a r t o f t h e centres $10 million redevelopment. Alice Plaza chairman Trevor Robertson could not confirm the names of the businesses, but said they were well-known, national companies. He said: We have two offers that were considering at the moment. There has been a huge interest in those to tenancies, considering their proximity to Target. It is an ideal location. They will be retail shops, and they are well-known companies. They are national companies. Mr Robertson said the refurbishment of Alice Plaza was on track, with Target expected to be open by September or October. He said: This upgrade will give the centre a whole new lease of life. We also have a travelator which is ready to be installed. The preparatory work is now complete and work to put the travelator in will happen within the next few weeks. The entry statements, which will say Target, are being done at the moment. The floor is going to be replaced at the Target end, and the toilets are also being rebuilt. We are also going to have the outside of the building repainted. But we havent decided on the new colour yet. T a r g e t s 3 0 0 0 square-metre store is expected to employ about 40 people. Bonanni base sold Daniel Burdon NEARLY 50 years of Alice Springs industrial history has ended with the sale of the long-time Bonanni Bros brick supply company base. The block, Lots 1314 and 1315, 9 and 11 Brown Street, was sold at auction on Friday. After strong bidding from two major groups, a consortium of Alice Springs and Darwin businessmen bought the block for $785,000. Auctioneer Paul Hassett said the settlement was meant to be complete by yesterday, with the new owners, as yet unknown, planning to redevelop the block. The business has moved to 43 Ghan Road in a new purpose-built facility and sale yards. Lourie Allen from the 24-Hour Shop. Picture: HANNAH MILLERICK Consultation on the cards Daniel Burdon COMMUNITY consultation will continue in the process to develop a streamlined debit card operating system for income management recipients. A meeting held between Centrelink and small to medium business owners was held last week in Alice Springs. Those who attended believe it was the first step towards creating a system that works both for indigenous people and the local retail industry. Attendee Lourie Allen works in her familys business, Alice Springs 24-Hour Store. She said: I mainly went to find out about the new debit card system, because the current system would not work in our store. Ms Allen said if her familys business registered for income management now, it would create about an hours more work for her mother to do accounts. She said: Mum would have to start at 6am instead of seven each morning, with all the downloads and paperwork to be done and that would probably only equate to two or three more customers. I think most of the busi nesses that went along, they want to get involved in this new system, so they dont have to mess around with all the extra work. Ms Allen said at the meeting Centrelink had only announced the EFTPOS system had dedicated funds in the Federal Budget, but that it would be some months before it was put in place. Both Ms Allen and Alice Springs Mayor Damien Ryan were surprised at the number of attendees. Mr Ryan attended the meeting along with about 10 other local business owners. He said: I was surprised there werent more small business owners there, but it did go well. There was not a lot of news from the meeting, except for more information about the new debit card system. Chamber of Commerce southern region manager Diana MacMull in said Centrelink and the Federal Government were interested in hearing feedback to make sure it (the system) is done right this time. She said: They are keen to find some feedback about how to make this debit card work, I think they were mainly there to allay community fears about not being consulted. Mr Ryan believes the system should be subsidised by the Federal Government under a shared payment scheme. He said: I think if theyre trying to overcome these problems, then the government should help small business owners with a subsidy. Mr Ryan also suggested that red tape in the registration process be reduced. He said: Most business owners work hard all day, and they dont have the time to go through that process. It seems the Rudd Government is trying to cut down on the red tape issue with income management. Senior media adviser Joe Scavo, on behalf of Human Services Minister Joe Ludwig, said the Commonwealth is listening to small business affected by income management. He said: We look forward to working with the business community over the coming months to make this card work. The new debit card will make it easier for people on income management to put food on the table for children and reduce the red tape burden on business.

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