BIG BUSINESS: Mullumbimby fruit shop owner Paul Medeiros fears that local ‘corner shops’ will be eaten up by a new Woolworths supermarket that has been given the go-ahead by the NSW Government.
BIG BUSINESS: Mullumbimby fruit shop owner Paul Medeiros fears that local ‘corner shops’ will be eaten up by a new Woolworths supermarket that has been given the go-ahead by the NSW Government. KATE O’NEILL

Woolies given green light

CONSTRUCTION of the controversial Woolworths supermarket at Mullumbimby has been given the final green light.

The NSW Government has approved Woolworths modified plans for a supermarket and bottle shop, after what it called 'a rigorous assessment.'

The Department of Planning says the amended plans take into account wastewater, noise and visual impact.

There has been strong opposition to the planned supermarket since Woolworths bought the Station Street site in January 2008.

Community groups say Woolworths will destroy local business and ruin Mullumbimby's village atmosphere.

Byron Shire Council also has concerns about sewage, waste water disposal and noise pollution from delivery trucks.

Byron Shire Council's director of planning, Ray Darney, yesterday said the assessment process had been 'inappropriate' and council was disappointed to see the State Government had ignored council's recommendations.

Opponents have vowed to continue their fight against Woolworths and say they will boycott the store if and when it is completed.

“The community will be supportive and back the local guys before throwing their money overseas. At the end of the day, people will vote with their feet,” fruit shop owner Paul Medeiros said.

However, some believe the community's true feelings about Woolworths have been overshadowed by a highly-vocal opposition.

Car dealer Tony Carsburg said the town was crying out for a new supermarket.

He said many locals were currently travelling to Tweed Heads to do their shopping.

“I'm yet to find one person who says they don't want Woolworths,” Mr Carsburg said.

Does Mullum need a new supermarket?

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