David Brown, Mullumbimby Creek
Rumours swirl around Mullumbimby that Woolworths continue to covet the Telstra site on Station Street. Do they dream of an all-hours service station complete with convenience store and maybe a liquor outlet as a bonus? And will they take advantage of a cash-strapped Council that sees the site as quickly disposable low-hanging fruit?
The gods help us if the rumours come to fruition. More traffic in Station Street? Yes! Bright lights disrupting residents? Yes! Destruction of our local servos? Yes! Another vacant shop on Burringbar Street? Yes! An ugly monument to mammon at the town’s entrance. Yes! A totally unsuitable land use on the edge of what will be a Heritage Conservation Area? A thousand times yes!
No doubt at least three Councillors would hail such a move as progress and financially prudent. And no doubt there will be support in management. Hopefully our Mayor and the other five Councillors have the foresight and courage to seriously and transparently look at more suitable revenue generating alternatives. Alternatives that ensure Mullumbimby’s economy is not devastated. Alternatives that celebrate a sustainable future not a carbon dependent past.
Let’s have a bit of creative, commercially sound thinking about the Telstra site not a knee-jerk reaction to the challenge.