Lo­cal IGA has a win

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

THE com­mu­nity may have had a win af­ter the Metro Cen­tral Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel (JDAP) voted to refuse a Hun­gry Jack’s and 7/11 ser­vice station and con­ve­nience store at the site of the Carlisle IGA.

Af­ter months of cam­paign­ing and three hours of dis­cus­sion at the meet­ing, is­sues about traf­fic proved crit­i­cal in the de­ci­sion.

Ap­pli­cants Peter Webb and As­so­ci­ates, on be­half of owner Uni­ver­sal En­ter­prises, can still ap­peal to the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal (SAT).

Ter­essa Thai, whose fam­ily owns the Carlisle IGA, said they were “over the moon” with the JDAP’s de­ci­sion.

“It looked like half­way through that we were go­ing to lose but the traf­fic is­sues saved us,” she said.

“I’d love for the own­ers of the land to work with us and give us a lease, which would recog­nise the work we do in the com­mu­nity.

“When cus­tomers have asked us how it went, we tell them that we’ve won this round but we haven’t won for good.”

Nine peo­ple – in­clud­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Cardno, Transcore and Main Roads and the ap­pli­cants – made dep­u­ta­tions at the panel.

A mo­tion to de­fer the item un­til July was lost be­fore the panel voted to refuse the de­vel­op­ment.

Pre­sid­ing mem­ber Charles John­son and Town of Vic­to­ria Park coun­cil­lors Vicki Potter and Keith Hayes voted against the de­vel­op­ment, while Luigi D’Alessan­dro and Clay­ton Higham voted for it.

The JDAP vote has given the own­ers of the Carlisle IGA some breath­ing space.

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