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Friday, November 18, 2005

Planned retail outlet sparks small business fears.

Planned retail outlet sparks small business fears. 18/11/2005. ABC News Online

The Property Council in Tasmania has written to the Premier, objecting to a new retail development planned for Commonwealth land near Hobart Airport.

Melbourne company Austexx plans to build a $100 million outlet for clothing, furniture and hardware on Holyman Drive.

Because it is Commonwealth land, it does not need local planning approval.

The executive director of the Property Council, Stewart Wardlaw, says it is a huge development which will impact on small business.

Mr Wardlaw says they have written to the Premier "because we believe it is something he should have a heads-up on".

"And [he] should have some regard for what this might impact upon in business, not only in Hobart or in the regional centres - whether it's Rosny, Glenorchy or Kingston - but indeed out around Sorell, Brighton, New Norfolk in that wider regional area."

It is not clear if another large development proposing a furniture and homeware outlet nearby at Cambridge will still go ahead.

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