Gateway guardians

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PROTESTERS against the Kaufland “mega store” being built on the Bata Shoes site in Nepean Highway, Mornington are taking to the streets, with John and Lorraine Smythe spelling out their opposition in signs near Oakbank Road last week.

“We are organising local residents, traders and other interested parties to join our campaign,” their neighbour and fellow Oakbank Road resident Janet Street said. “We hold an information table on Wednesdays at the Main Street market and will be organising large crowds to be outside each hearing day in Mornington to protest against Kaufland.

“The proposal includes a 430 vehicle car park and 4000 square metre retail outlet which will directly compete with established retailers in the shopping precinct. 

“A 20-metre sign which will be the first thing people will see when driving into Mornington: the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula.”

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has no say in the German giant’s bid.

Planning minister Richard Wynne has set up an advisory panel to take submissions and hold public hearings before deciding on Kaufland’s proposed six sites across Melbourne.

First published in the Mornington News – 5 March 2019

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