Town joins op­po­si­tion


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

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.”

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