Bermagui Woolworths public meeting

A PUBLIC meeting will be held on Monday to discuss the Bermagui Woolworths development, which was approved by the Bega Valley Shire Council on April 16. 

The meeting is intended to provide information about the state of play concerning the latest DA for the proposed supermarket, and will also provide attendees the opportunity to express their views concerning the way ahead. 

“It is for the community to feel itself heard – so it is a bolster for community spirit at least,” one of the meeting organisers Paul Payten said.

Mr Payten said those who attend can expect an update on the initial court case of the first DA as well as what is happening with the council and other agencies such as the ombudsman.

Mr Payten is awaiting a response from the ombudsman, to whom he petitioned over “the council’s ignorance of public interest as expressed with ignoring the public’s submissions”.

Another possible step according to Mr Payten is to launch a rescission motion, which would “stop all proceedings and give an opportunity to revisit the process”. 

The meeting will also aim to produce ideas to provide the community with alternatives to Woolworths if the development does go ahead, such as creating a community garden. 

Mr Payten said it is a public meeting so anyone is welcome to attend and speak, and will take questions and suggestions.

“I trust it will be well attended, I trust it will be peaceful and I hope that it will encourage the council to be more transparent,” Mr Payten said.  

The meeting will take place at 6pm on Monday in the Bermagui Community Hall and will be facilitated by local Sean Burke. 

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