Round 2 looming in fight to save Carlisle IGA

Round 2 looming in fight to save Carlisle IGA

IT feels like deja vu for the owners of the Carlisle IGA after a developer resubmitted plans to demolish the building and replace it with a service station and fast food outlet.

The Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) refused Peter Webb and Associates’ plans to build a 7-Eleven service station and convenience store and Hungry Jack’s in May 2017 following concerns about traffic.

After the developers appealed to the State Administrative Tribunal on behalf of the site owner Universal Enterprises Pty Ltd, the JDAP has been ordered to reconsider its decision.

The Town of Victoria Park will vote on a Responsible Authority Report at Tuesday’s meeting before it goes back to the JDAP and it follows the council’s recommendation last year for the panel to reject the development.

A community campaign to Save Carlisle IGA garnered 6000 signatures last year and a petition this year has received more than 3000.

At Tuesday’s council briefing session, a number of residents spoke in favour of keeping the supermarket as there was not a similar facility in the area.

Teressa Thai, whose family owns the Carlisle IGA, said the situation had been tough for them after their “win” last year.

“I’ve seen the amended plans and they don’t look a whole lot different so we are happing the JDAP knocks it back again,” she said.

“We’ve had over 3000 people sign the petition in under two weeks, which compares to the 6000 that signed in one month last year.

“The community support has made us more confident that we might pull through again.”

Peter Webb and Associates managing director Nik Hidding declined to comment.

A Dan Murphy’s liquor store was refused by the council in 2013 and that decision was upheld by SAT.

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