An aerial photograph of Pottsville.
An aerial photograph of Pottsville. supplied

Koalas belay supermarket

A PROPOSED supermarket for Pottsville was withdrawn with the land identified as koala habitat.

According to a report delivered to the Tweed Coast Koala Advisory Group Committee, the proposed site on crown land contains swamp mahoganies that was used by the koala populations in the area and contained an endangered ecological community.

The proposal was for a new supermarket was on a parcel of land behind the current IGA supermarket but was withdrawn.

Tweed Coast Koala Advisory Group Committee chairman Councillor Dot Holdom said she learnt about the withdrawal of the proposed supermarket about four weeks ago.

"There were some significant swamp mahoganies on the land," Cr Holdom said.

No development application was lodged.

Pottsville Beach Business Association president Tania Murdock said the business community was disappointed the plan wouldn't go ahead because it included the construction of a road that existing businesses needed.

"The development included a service road on the northern side parallel to Coronation Ave," Ms Murdock said.

"There are a number of issues to consider (for the purposed development) and this is an expensive exercise."

It's the second supermarket to fall over in the last five years after one was refused in 2008 because of its size.

Developer Metricon argued that a 3250sqm Coles supermarket, 1550sqm of specialty shops, a 24-hour petrol station and a childcare centre for 75 children were needed to service Seabreeze estate and growing areas nearby.

Crown Land was unavailable for comment on this latest supermarket.



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