August 2012 Bega, NSW
Flooding problem on Masters proposed site: letters to Council
Forbes NSW residents and business take up objection (set out as attached) against a Council-promoted Bunnings out of town development
August 2012 Bathurst, NSW
An objector lists the employment impact of a Masters store to the local Councillors. Unfortunately, the councillors did not get to read this or decide these issues: it was dealt with under "delegated authority" by council officers. Shame about democracy... and the jobs.
May 2012 Glynde SA
CIRR community research prompts request of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters Council for planning action
Independent retailers in Torquay, Victoria, object to the local Council regarding an out of town Bunnings proposal.
Hardware campaign on the Great Ocean Road
The hardware sector is a fiercely competitive market in Australia with Bunnings (Wesfarmers/Coles) dominating and Woolworths with US Lowe about to enter the market.
A retail planning fight in Torquay, Victoria, under the Surf Coast Shire aegis raises very important planning and retailing issues and once again highlights the need for improved understanding throughout the planning community of the net community disbenefit issue.
Two papers below set out many of the issues involved: