IGA fight re-kin­dled

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - news - Aaron Cor­lett

THE Town of Vic­to­ria Park has again voiced its con­cerns about the Carlisle IGA be­ing re­placed by a Hun­gry Jack’s and 7-Eleven ser­vice sta­tion and con­ve­nience store.

The lat­est chap­ter of the long-run­ning saga took place at a spe­cial elec­tors meet­ing on April 3 when the coun­cil unan­i­mously voted against the pro­posal be­fore it goes to the Metro Cen­tral Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel (JDAP) on April 18.

Among the is­sues brought up by the coun­cil about the de­vel­op­ment was its im­pact on the amenity of the area, noise, odours and traf­fic con­cerns.

A large group of res­i­dents met at the IGA and were driven to the meet­ing by bus, where they spoke against the de­vel­op­ment, sim­i­lar to last year when the coun­cil voted against the pro­posal be­fore it went to the panel.

The JDAP re­fused de­vel­oper Pe­ter Webb and As­so­ciates’ plans in May 2017 fol­low­ing con­cerns about traf­fic.

Af­ter the de­vel­op­ers ap­pealed to the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal (SAT) on be­half of the site owner Uni­ver­sal En­ter­prises Pty Ltd, the JDAP was or­dered to re­con­sider its de­ci­sion.

A com­mu­nity cam­paign to Save Carlisle IGA gar­nered 6000 sig­na­tures last year and a pe­ti­tion this year re­ceived more than 3000.

Ter­essa Thai, whose fam­ily owns the Carlisle IGA, told the Southern Gazette last month that the sit­u­a­tion about been tough for them but they were hop­ing the JDAP would knock back the plans again.

In 2013, the coun­cil was able to stop a Dan Mur­phy’s liquor store be­ing built.

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