Council considers controversial Bermagui Woolworths

THE Bega Valley Shire Council next Wednesday will consider the development application for the Bermagui Woolworths proposal.

Woolworths announced last year it wanted to build a supermarket, liquor store and car park on a 1513-square-metre site on Young Street, behind the town’s hotel and current shopping precinct on Lamont Street.

The proposal brought immediate opposition from local business and residents who voiced their concern in a community forum in April and made submissions against the development application to the council.

While some have supported the proposal, the consensus was that the majority were opposed.

Master Grocers Australia, the peak body for independent supermarkets, recently called on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to look into the practices of supermarket giants like Woolworths building in regional areas.

With Woolworths in the surrounding towns of Bega, Narooma, Tura Beach and Merimbula, MGA has asked whether another store needs to be built in Bermagui.

Opponents will be able to speak against the development at Wednesday’s meeting but requests to address council need to be received five working days prior to the meeting.

Late requests will be considered, however they must be received by 4pm on the day before the meeting. Requests can be submitted via email, fax or post.

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