Mullum Forum to continue campaign
Mullumbimby Forum says it will continue its national campaign for the people of Mullumbimby to have a say on the Woolworths supermarket development.
Forum spokesperson, Tricia Shantz, said the forum’s recent advertisement in the Australian Financial Review headed ‘Is it right that a big corporation can tell a small town what it needs?’ and letters to Woolworths’ directors gained national press coverage and responses from Woolworths executives.
Ms Shantz said that so far Woolworths had declined Mullumbimby Forum’s offer to go halves in a professional, independent survey of residents to ascertain what most residents really want. She said that instead they said that people should be able to ‘vote with their feet’ – build and let people who want to come to Woolworths do so.
“We would have no problem with this if Woolworths was a small retailer wanting to set up in the existing shopping precinct, but they are a $50 billion goliath that can devastate local competitors and drag people away from the main street by offering low-price deals until competition is gone,” she said.
“Mullumbimby Forum will be continuing its national campaign.”