Carlisle's IGA dispute continues

Image courtesay of Community News Group.

Image courtesay of Community News Group.

After an ongoing battle between local residents and the biggest planning authority in WA, a final decision has been made to not to overturn approving plans to demolish the popular family-owned local Carlisle IGA to redevelop the block on the corner of Archer St and Orrong Rd into a $4.13 million Hungry Jack’s and 7-Eleven petrol station.

But the battle still isn't over just yet. The town of Victoria Park is now looking to fight a final decision to redevelop the site, putting $10,000 towards legal fees to fight the outcome. Local councilers have said the suburb needs to consider all possible avenues to halt the redevelopment.

The site’s owner will be terminating the Thai family who own the IGA from their month-to-month lease arrangement leaving no lasting options for appeal by the family after the decision.

This most recent blow comes as a shock to the Thai family and the greater Carlisle community after assuming victory had been accomplished in the dispute when Victoria Park council agreed to push back initial redevelopment plans last year and the Thai family gathering over 9000 signatures in just 2 petitions against the development of their business’ premises. 

It's clear local residents are fed up, their needs and voice are being ignored.

Teresa Thai told WA Today her family would be looking into relocating their business to a nearby location in the Lathlain and Carlisle area and are forced to be out by August 1st.

“I think the system is a bit flawed. How can they just ignore what the community want?

Just because a big corporation has more money they can just come in and spend what, $4.1 million or something, and just because it’s over a certain amount of money it doesn’t matter what the community wants?”