Protesters who gathered at the Woolworths development site in Mullumbimby yesterday were disappointed when the retailing giant failed to start site works as expected.
Protesters who gathered at the Woolworths development site in Mullumbimby yesterday were disappointed when the retailing giant failed to start site works as expected. David Bradbury

Mullumbimby Woolworths protest

NOT a stone was turned at the Woolworths site in Mullumbimby yesterday – despite it being the day the retailer had said it would begin works on its new supermarket.

But the 20 or so disappointed protesters who turned up to act as ‘silent witnesses’ to an expected soil-turning still found something to vent their ire at.

Deborah Lilly, co-ordinator for the Mullumbimby Community Action Network, said a Woolworths container had been left partly on the site, but mainly on public land in Station Street. It had a steel wire fence attached and a sign warning that ‘this is private property’, Ms Lilly said.

“It’s very cheeky. It symbolises their disrespectful attitude to the community and the law,” she said.

“Woolworths have trespassed on our rights and trespassed on our community in many ways.”

The outraged protesters pulled the fence away and sprayed ‘trespasser’ on the container.

Protesters said yesterday’s action was the first of many to oppose what they call an unfair imposition by the State Government on the local community’s wishes.

A Woolworths spokesman was philosophical about the incident.

“The construction is a 12-month long process and it is under way,” said community relations manager Simon Berger.

He said he had been advised the area being occupied by the offending container was ‘part of the approved work zone’.

“Approval for a larger supermarket was given in 2006. It’s time we got on and built it,” he said.

“We’re looking forward to bringing quality, range, convenience and value to shoppers in Mullumbimby.”



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