Town joins opposition
COUNCIL AGAINST DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL
THE fight to save the Carlisle IGA has received a boost after winning support from the Town of Victoria Park.
A proposal to knock down the supermarket and replace it with a Hungry Jack’s outlet and 7-Eleven service station and convenience store had received negative feedback from the local community, with more than 6000 people signing a petition to save the IGA.
At a council meeting on May 9, Town of Victoria Park councillors voted that their recommendation to the Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) would be to refuse the development.
The proposal will be brought to the JDAP meeting on May 18, with two councillors and three planning experts expected to make a decision.
At the council meeting, several members of the public spoke in support of the IGA and its role in the community, as well as reflecting on the negative effect if it were removed.
The council recommended the development be refused over concerns about its traffic impact, noise generation, odour emissions and tree removal.
Teressa Thai, whose family owns the business, said she was pleased with the council’s decision.
“It turned out well; the only negative is that it’s not up to the council and it will be up to the JDAP to make the decision,” she said. “I’ve had people ask every day about what’s happening with the store. “We are a place for the community. “I’m feeling a bit more positive, but it could all go to shambles at the meeting.
“I’d just like to say a big thank you to people who have supported us.
“We are going to have a bus leaving from our store on Thursday at 1.20pm so people can attend the meeting.”