New shopping complex gets go ahead
THE new shopping centre planned for the old Bellowing Bull site at Wollongbar looks set to go ahead after few objections were received by Ballina Shire Council.
The development application submitted by Wakefield Planning has not yet been formally approved, but Ballina Shire councillor and Wollongbar resident David Wright said the DA was scheduled to come before council at either its February or March meeting.
“There are virtually no objections,” Cr Wright said.
“There are a few noise issues. We want to make sure the traffic is right and there are public toilets, but there haven’t been many submissions from Wollongbar.”
Cr Wright said the development, with construction costs worth more than $4.6 million, would include a medium-sized Supa IGA supermarket and additional speciality stores.
“It’s very convenient and it is virtually right on the new bypass,” he said.
With its prime location, Cr Wright expects it to lure custom from the Alstonville Plaza and passing traffic.
“The most likely impact will be on Coles in Alstonville,” he said.
“A large percentage of custom at the new complex will also come from people driving past and an expansion of 700 houses from a lot of land released here.”
Cr Wright hopes to sort out some traffic iss-ues before the DA isapproved.
“One of the major problems is its integration with the existing shopping centre. We don’t want the amenity of the existing shopping centre or the Pioneer Tavern spoilt,” he said.
The development almost backs on to the existing IGA, raising questions about competition between the supermarkets.
“Everyone feels sorry for the other super-market,” Cr Wright said.
“But it will give more custom to all those other shops and make them more viable.”
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