Fast food, fuel re­place Carlisle IGA

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Front Page - FIRST RE­PORTED AT Aaron Cor­lett

TERESSA Thai says her fam­ily is “gob­s­macked” by the Metro Cen­tral Joint Devel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel’s (JDAP) de­ci­sion to ap­prove a ser­vice sta­tion, con­ve­nience store and fast food out­let on the site of the Carlisle IGA.

Ms Thai’s fam­ily has run the su­per­mar­ket for 17 years but was left in shock last week when the panel gave the green light to a 7-Eleven con­ve­nience store and ser­vice sta­tion, and a Hun­gry Jack’s.

The de­ci­sion means the su­per­mar­ket will be knocked down and the new devel­op­ment will be put in its place on the cor­ner of Or­rong Road and Archer Street.

“I don’t think it’s hit us yet, we are still in shock,” Ms Thai said.

“We’ve been here for 17 years so we are very heart­bro­ken but we are happy with the sup­port of the com­mu­nity.

“The re­sponse we’ve seen from peo­ple is that they are dumb­founded be­cause so many com­mu­nity mem­bers said no to this and the coun­cil gave a strong rec­om­men­da­tion too.

“There is such a good neigh­bour­hood spirit here and I hope that con­tin­ues.”

Ms Thai said the fam­ily was un­sure when they would have to va­cate.

“We were on a month-to-month lease but I think we are sup­posed to be given one month’s no­tice. The is­sue is that our su­per­mar­ket is so full and we are still tak­ing de­liv­er­ies,” she said.

“We are look­ing at other op­tions but I’m not sure there is another block in Carlisle or Lath­lain that is for sale.”

A spokesman for Peter Webb and As­so­ciates said the de­vel­op­ers were un­able to com­ment.

The Town of Vic­to­ria Park’s ad­vice was to re­ject the devel­op­ment and although coun­cil­lors Vicki Pot­ter and Claire An­der­son voted against it, they were out­voted on the five-mem­ber panel. De­bate about the traf­fic, noise, odour and other is­sues raged dur­ing the three-and-a-half hour meet­ing.

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