Fast food, fuel replace Carlisle IGA
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.