Sell­ing our soul

Tweed Daily News - - OPINION/NEWS -

I LIVED and worked in both Port Pirie and Whyalla in South Aus­tralia dur­ing the 1970s and ’80s when the coun­cil­lors of both cities de­ter­mined that ma­jor shop­ping com­plexes be built away from the tra­di­tional town cen­tre.

The ef­fect, un­in­tended, was to draw cus­tom away from each town cen­tre and con­demn­ing these ar­eas to be­come re­tail ghost zones. The sight of empty shops in once-bustling precincts and the neg­a­tive im­pact on all busi­nesses was dis­tress­ing.

It seemed like the soul of each town had been cut out and town pride di­luted.

By con­trast, the Vic­to­rian town of Castle­maine had su­per­mar­kets in­te­grated within the old shop­ping area, con­tribut­ing to a bustling city cen­tre.

No doubt your read­ers know of other towns where wise choices have been made to ben­e­fit the whole town. Please, Tweed Coun­cil, do not hol­low out Mur­willum­bah’s soul.

— Frank Wil­son, Kingscliff

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