Selling our soul
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