Residents fear Woolworths will make new move to open Taren Point supermarket

Artist's impression of the proposed Taren Point development, which would be built on a site that has an industrial zoning. Picture: supplied
Artist's impression of the proposed Taren Point development, which would be built on a site that has an industrial zoning. Picture: supplied

Woolworths is “reviewing” its plans” for a proposed supermarket, liquor store and cafe at Taren Point.

The brief statement on the website the company set up to provide community advice on the project has residents concerned.

High-level support: Mayor Carmelo Pesce and Miranda MP Eleni Petinos show support for the residents' campaign to stop the development. Picture: supplied

High-level support: Mayor Carmelo Pesce and Miranda MP Eleni Petinos show support for the residents' campaign to stop the development. Picture: supplied

They believe the company may apply directly to the Department of Planning and Environment under the Gateway process to have the Parraweena Road site rezoned.

Sutherland Shire Council unanimously rejected the rezoning proposal on the recommendation of planning staff.

The loss of an industrial site was a key consideration in the council decision.

However, from the outset, the council has made it clear the final decision might be one for the state government, with Woolworths allowed under the law to make an application directly to the Department of Planning and Environment.

The Taren Point Action Group, made up of residents opposed to the proposal, said, if allowed, it would be the twelfth supermarket within a two kilometre radius.

Spokeswoman Sadie Mehan said residents would continue to fight.

“Locals know this is not the right place for a supermarket,” she said.

“We don’t want the proposal reviewed, we want it removed.

“The community said no, our elected officials in council said no, and our state MP [Eleni Petinos] said no.

“They didn’t say no because they don’t like the paint colour – they said no because a supermarket at this location fails the strategic merit test.

“This proposal will bring more trucks, more noise and more alcohol, and less good industrial jobs to our area.

“It failed the common sense test even before the strategic merit test.”

Woolworths has been asked to comment.