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.