Woolies new $10m DA
A $10 MILLION shopping complex, including a 24-hour petrol station, will be built next to the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre under a proposal by the site’s new owner, Woolworths.
The retailing giant purchased the vacant site in May and has since submitted a development application with the Lismore City Council.
“It is a $10 million vote of confidence in Goonellabah and the Northern Rivers district,” Woolworths’ community relations manager, Simon Berger, said.
The site will include about 10 speciality shops, a takeaway restaurant with outdoor dining and drive-thru, and a 3400 square metre supermarket.
Mr Berger said once completed the retail centre, which will compete directly with the Coles supermarket in the Goonellabah Shopping Village across the road, would create about 100 effective full-time jobs.
He confirmed the supermarket would be made of cladding panels to allow for the possible future expansion of the complex.
“It’s about ensuring the sustainability of the supermarket and allowing it to expand if and when population growth warrants,” Mr Berger said.
According to the DA, which will go to the council for approval later this year or early next, parking spaces for 265 cars will be provided. Earthworks will be also undertaken and rock walls to the height of 3.5 metres built.
The Woolworths-branded service station will be located on the northern end of the site, with access to Simeon Drive.
While the petrol bowsers will operate 24 hours, seven days a week, the retail component of the development will open between 6am and 9pm, with deliveries between 7am and 10pm.
The council’s Traffic Advisory Committee examined the DA at its mid-August meeting when ‘a number of concerns’ were raised regarding to traffic flow. It suggested lengthening the centre median strip in Simeon Drive.
The committee also said council should ask Woolworths to double the length of the right-turn storage bay in the centre of Simeon Drive to ensure turning vehicles did not block other lanes.