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The Project Reference Group

The early meetings of the Project Reference Group (PRG) for the Hawker master plan set the ground rules;  in particular, it was explained that the PRG was advisory only and that ultimate responsibility for decision-making lay with the LDA.  The Government’s infill policy was outlined, with the development of high-rise residential accommodation in group centres being a specified percentage of expected overall need.  Because Hawker was smaller than most group centres, the amount of residential demanded would be less than the average.  This was the last time residential development in the Hawker Centre was discussed until the end of the year.  The focus of all subsequent discussions was on the need to expand retail – otherwise, the centre would decline, just like the local centres in the area had.  No substantive justification was given for this claim, it seemed to be a matter of obvious faith.