Koalas have got the nod over a supermarket at Pottsville, but some businesses aren’t happy.
Koalas have got the nod over a supermarket at Pottsville, but some businesses aren’t happy. File

Koalas keep trees

SOME Pottsville business owners are disappointed plans for a new supermarket in the town were scrapped to protect koala habitat.

A report delivered to the Tweed Coast Koala Advisory Group Committee says the proposed site, on Crown land, contained swamp mahoganies used by koalas in the area and contained an endangered ecological community.

The proposal for a new supermarket, on the parcel of land behind the current IGA supermarket, was withdrawn.

Tweed Coast Koala Advisory Group Committee chairman Councillor Dot Holdom said she had learnt about the withdrawal of the proposed supermarket about four weeks ago.

"There were some significant swamp mahoganies on the land," Cr Holdom said.

No development application was lodged.

However, Pottsville Beach Business Association president and former Richmond Nationals candidate Tania Murdock said the business community was disappointed the plan wouldn't go ahead because it included the construction of a road that existing businesses needed.

"The development included a service road on the northern side parallel to Coronation Ave," Ms Murdock said.

"There are a number of issues to consider (for the purposed development) and this is an expensive exercise."

It's the second supermarket proposal to fall over in the past five years, after one was refused in 2008 because of its size.

At the time, developer Metricon had argued a 3250sq m development, including a Coles supermarket, 1550sq m of specialty shops, a 24-hour petrol station and a childcare centre for 75 children were needed to service Seabreeze estate and growing areas nearby.



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