Shopping zone ... the proposed new Woolworths site in Macksville.
Shopping zone ... the proposed new Woolworths site in Macksville. Coffs Coast Advocate

We've had the woolies pulled over our eyes!

VAL McKay couldn't believe it.

On Thursday night the long-time Macksville resident watched, stunned, as Nambucca Shire Council voted in favour of rezoning land to enable a Woolworths Supermarket to be built on the edge of the town.

Mrs McKay lives in Willis Street, next to the proposed development.

"I was gob smacked," Mrs McKay said.

"As are the majority of Willis Street residents.

"We are not only concerned about our land values but also about flooding. The recent deluge put the street underwater - where will water go when the supermarket is here?"

She said she did not object to Woolworths itself but rather to the location.

"Most people feel it's simply the wrong spot."

It is exactly this point that saw the decision deferred from the council's April 17 meeting, when Woolworths requested time to thoroughly investigate site options in the Macksville CBD.

On Thursday Woolworths' development manager, Richard Armitage, said the only realistic site had eight separate landowners and housed 23 businesses.

"We would not want to close them down for one supermarket," Mr Armitage said.

Crs George Hicks, Chris Waller and Rhonda Hoban voted in favour of the proposal.

Cr Hoban said other examples of developments on the edge of towns had shown positive long-term impacts along with the survival of town centres.


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