October 2012

The town of Tecoma fights and wins a familiar battle to keep a chain supermarket out of town only to lose the battle for MacDonalds incursion into their town. No place for democracy in planning. Strange really when planning laws are regulated by politicians and elected councillors. Or are supposed to be. Follow the community fight through these three links (first two re: supermarkets and final one re: MacDonalds)



Oct 2010

The Hunters Hill Trust puts its case against the revised Sec 96 application to modify a consent for a hotel redevelopment.

CIRR_Hunters_Hill.pdf PDF document 1.82mb

May 2011

Newport, NSW

The latest step in the journey the community of Newport, NSW, are taking in trying to keep a chain supermarket out of the special township without the help of the Council. With more than 5000 supporters for the community views you would think someone is listening. Maybe the chain shareholders?

Newport_hearing.pdfPDF document 36kb

Newport versus Woolies

Read here highlights from the very active and articulate “NewPort (NSW) versus Woolies Community Group” campaign against a very largely unwanted Woolworths: except for the Council and Woolworths. 

Newport.doc word document 695kb

September 2010

Find out how local campaigns for survival of independent retailing are being conducted around Australia and overseas at the links below:

QLD: Maleny:

Maleny vs Woolworths - You Tube


Obi Obi Campaign

NSW: Mullumbimby:

Mullumbimby Community Action Network

VIC: Mount Evelyn:

Residents Against Woolworths - Mount Evelyn

NSW: Newport:

Newport versus Woolies

NSW: Oatley:

Friends of Oatley

USA: New York:

Neighborhood Retail Alliance

December 2009

Expert planner, Angus Witherby, submits thoughts for consideration by the NSW State Government policy review of planning in a paper "Promoting economic growth and competition through the planning system".

NSW_ competition_and _planning discussion.pdf PDF document   136 Kb

December 2009

This website is a specific to a NSW centric campaign it provides and excellent platform for examining similar issues emerging in other States.

www.loveyourlocals.com.au LINK

December 2009

NSW retail fight: while it is quite specific to conditions in NSW it demonstrates, for all of Australia, important issues in the survival of independent retailing

Press_release_Balmain-Drummoyne.pdf PDF document   297 Kb

December 2009

NSW and ACT supermarket retailers show NSW State parliamentarians the benefits of independent retailing to the economy: 2009

Independent_Businesses_Contributions_to_the_Economy.pdfPDF document   107 Kb


December 2009

Text to introduce first one: NSW and ACT supermarket retailers point out the deficiencies in the NSW State centres policy (draft) 2009

Recommendations_from_Independent_Retailers_for_the_draft _Centres_Policy.pdfPDF document   59 Kb


July 2009

Bright, Vic, urban design evidence from expert Tim Biles demonstrates the arguments concerning less than beneficial edge of town sites and their impact on town centres as well as the virtues of creative and strong, innovative architecture and design.

Urban_design_evidence_FINAL.pdf PDF document

July 2009

Dr John Byrom's evidence tendered before VCAT regarding supermarket development in Bright, Victoria

Byrom_Bright_evidence_Public_campaigns.doc word document

20 November 2008

Woolworths Ltd v Yarra Ranges SC [2008] http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/vic/VCAT/2008/789.html, 14 May 2008, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Decisions

JUNE 2007

Community Benefit Statements: A New Direction Information Paper
Office of Gaming and Racing, Dept. of Justice, Victoria

Dept_of_JusticeVIC_Gaming_NetCommBen.pdf Dept_of_JusticeVIC_Gaming_NetCommBen.pdf 113Kb

A Local Campaigner’s Guide to the Planning System
Gay Brown

UK_guide_to_planning_tescopoly.pdf UK_guide_to_planning_tescopoly.pdf 50Kb


Victorian submission to the State Government focussing on the economic impact in planning and supermarkets.

Final_Submission_Report_27_Feb_09.pdfFinal_Submission_Report_27_Feb_09.pdf  436Kb