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Mullumbimby Woolies fight goes national

THE battle to block Woolworths' planned Mullumbimby supermarket has gone national.

Protests organised by members of the Mullumbimby Community Action Network over the supermarket giant's plans for their town last night featured on ABC's Four Corners program.

Group spokesman Gary Scott hopes the Four Corners story would help the group's cause.

“We'd like to show the decision makers in Sydney that we are a well-organised group interested in protecting our town and maintaining its integrity,” he said.

The group says the supermarket would be built in a residential area.

“History shows a big one-store shop kills the vitality of small towns and threatens the future of small business,” Mr Scott said.

Mullumbimby Community Action Network co-ordinator Deborah Lilly was also worried about the potential sewerage problems.

“Some of the sewerage pipes are 50 years old and residents have reported during floods they leak raw sewage into backyards and into the river,” she said.

Ms Lilly said the added stress of a Woolworths building in a flood-prone residential area could exacerbate the problem.

The group is also fears noxious gas emission, drainage and the supermarket's visual impact.



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