Bermagui Woolworths: 'Do not pander to the minority'


ALTHOUGH there is a negative vocal element present at any council meeting dealing with the Woolworths development at Bermagui, not everyone is against the idea.

The Bega District News website and Facebook page have been particularly active sources of comment from those in favour of the proposal.

On our story of March 27, outlining the council's deferral of the matter, BDN reader “Blondie” wrote “Oh dear, we all wait yet again.

“If only the council would do a door knock in Bermagui and surrounds, the group of no's will be far outweighed by the yes's.

“Bega C[ouncil] please hurry up and give the nod to build...we are all still going broke.

Meanwhile, “Food For Thought” wrote “Do not pander to the minority”.

A recent letter to the editor from Bermagui residents Brian and Dawn Kenyon was also somewhat enlightening.

“We are part of the silent majority in Bermagui who would be happy to embrace a Woolworths store in our town,” they wrote.

“The reason most people remain silent is because when we do speak out we are abused. 

“I personally have been hissed and spat at by the vocal minority who seem to think their opinion is the only one that counts.  

“After attending a public meeting, at which all people were invited to speak, I was treated very rudely by one of those people and ordered out of our local supermarket because I had spoken at that meeting.”

The Kenyons went on to say they conducted a quick street poll on Lamont St.

“The result of one morning’s work was 98 for Woolies and six against.  

“I think this constitutes a fairly large majority for.

“One of our councillors (Sharon Tapscott) emailed me after taking her own survey and emailed me with similar results.”

As for the decision to approve, Adrian Day posted on Facebook simply "Excellent!"

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