De­mo­li­tion an in­con­ve­nience

RES­I­DENTS LIKE THEIR IGA STORE

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

MEM­BERS of the Carlisle com­mu­nity are try­ing to save their lo­cal IGA from be­ing de­mol­ished and re­placed by a fast food restau­rant and a ser­vice sta­tion.

A plan to re­move the Carlisle IGA and Muzz Buzz on the cor­ner of Or­rong Road and Archer Street and re­place it with a Hun­gry Jack’s and 7-Eleven ser­vice sta­tion and con­ve­nience store has been cre­ated by town plan­ning con­sul­tancy busi­ness Peter Webb and As­so­ciates on be­half of the land own­ers Uni­ver­sal En­ter­prises Pty Ltd.

The South­ern Gazette spoke with res­i­dents who op­posed the de­vel­op­ment be­cause it would mean their beloved lo­cal store would go and re­duce ac­cess to ev­ery­day gro­cery items, cre­ate con­ges­tion, re­duce park­ing bays and mean that two large marri trees would be cut down.

Carlisle res­i­dent Ron­hhda Pot­ter said she was con­cerned about the com­mu­nity’s abil­ity to ac­cess fresh food if the IGA was de­mol­ished.

“It will mean peo­ple will need to travel to Bel­mont Fo­rum or the Parks Cen­tre, which means us­ing pub­lic trans­port, al­though that’s dif­fi­cult for some res­i­dents be­cause their move­ment is re­stricted,” she said.

“When you look at the prod­uct list, it’s items like Kripsy Kreme and slushies.

“You also have to ques­tion whether you need a ser­vice sta­tion when there is al­ready one across the road.”

Ms Pot­ter said more than 100 sub­mis­sions had gone to the Town of Vic­to­ria Park, with the ma­jor­ity of them neg­a­tive.

“The pro­posal means there will be fewer park­ing bays; cur­rently there are about 60 bays but the pro­posal will mean there will be about 26,” she said.

“An el­derly cou­ple who live next to the area, their bed­room would be just 5m from the Hun­gry Jacks drive-thru.”

Ter­essa Thai, whose fam­ily owns the IGA, said they had been leas­ing the build­ing on a month-to-month ba­sis from MLV Real Es­tate but were never given to op­por­tu­nity to have a longer lease.

“We know the shop is not in the best state but there was no way we could have made changes that would have cost $200,000 to $300,000 with­out a longer lease,” she said.

“We know the store looks dodgy on the out­side but in­side we are friendly and it’s a com­mu­nity hub.”

The de­vel­op­ment is ex­pected to be con­sid­ered at the Metro Cen­tral Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel meet­ing in April.

Picture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d466185

Teresa Joslin, mother of Ben­jamin (4) and Amelia (3), out front of a group of con­cerned lo­cal res­i­dents.

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