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Protestors vow to
continue fight

by Elise Martin

Concerned residents gathered on Tuesday at the Cornerstone site to discuss the next move in their fight against the development of a Woolworths supermarket on the banks of Obi Obi Creek.

Maleny Voice spokesperson Susie Duncan said anti-Woolworths protesters were extremely disappointed by the Planning and Environment court, but would not give up the fight. “We will continue to fight against Woolworths forcing their way into Maleny, damaging our creek and destroying small business. Woolworths have bulldozed their way into small towns throughout Australia. We are saying no and we won’t go away,” she said.

“More than 100 residents recently pledged their willingness to be arrested to stop the proposal, including some elderly residents of a local nursing home, some in wheelchairs.” “The time has come for the developers to move on and let Maleny determine its own economic future. We want to retain the diverse small business base which provides maximum employment opportunities and ensures that local producers have a market.”

Resident Graeme Earl said a local business, which could not be named, would provide funding for an anti-Woolworths advertising campaign. “A local business said they will give a substantial sum of money to buy full-page ads in Sydney newspapers to point out what Woolworths is doing to this town,” he said.

Community group funding coordinator Faith Baigent said Maleny residents had received great support from other communities who had fought against Woolworths in the past. “Thirty thousand dollars of the $127,000 raised (to purchase the Cornerstone site) was donated or pledged from people in Buderim, Coolum and Noosa as encouragement because they had lost. They so wanted us to achieve our outcome,” she said. Resident Terri Bates said the court’s decision effected the whole of Queensland.

“This decision means there is a concern that, throughout Queensland, the banks of our creeks are no longer protected under any legislation. Our Government has failed to protect those banks against corporate interests. It is a sad day for the Department of Natural Resources, for all people in Queensland, not just Maleny.” Ms Duncan said the community had not ruled out the acquisition of the site.

“The Maleny Community is still considering options for acquisition of the site for community space. We will support and negotiations undertaken by Caloundra City Council to reach this goal.”

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.