Sunday, July 31, 2005  

"Leader" paper's photo shoot Sunday

Hundreds turned up on Sunday afternoon to say
"No" to Coles at 47-67 Mulga Rd Oatley

If you would like to help stop the construction of a Coles supermarket consisting of :
* a single retail space of 1890sq m (3 x the size of Franklins Mortdale)
* 3 storeys above natural ground level
* 2 storey underground car parking (150 cars + per day) plus
* 60 truck movements per day through residental streets from early morning till 10pm at night

Please feel free to display signs, "No Coles" white plates or wear white masks to represent the asbestos on site that will need to be removed!

Friday, July 29, 2005  

Welcome to Oatley Residents Against Overdevelopment !

What can you do to help ?
  • watch out for any movement on the site & report immediately to one of the group listed below
  • be ready to attend the site at Mulga Rd when a committee member rings to inform that work has commenced
  • if you are a train commuter please park your car near the site, on either side of Mulga Rd
  • ring talk-back radio stations, television or any other media about your concerns
  • help to man desk outside IGA Oatley ( contact Carolyn Northcott - 9585 8593)
  • write letters to Coles as per attached letter box leaflet
  • sign petition & encourage neighbours & each family member (remember to sign only once per person)
  • if you hear lots of continuous hooting of car horns - this is a signal to get to the site (preferably with your car)
  • send this email to family, neighbours & friends - remind them to take all of the above actions as well!
If you wish to offer even more help don't hestitate to contact a committe member. Any offers of practical or financial help would be appreciated.


Cold shoulder on special in Oatley

Can anyone give us advice on how we can get rid of unwanted, uninvited guests? The suburb of Oatley has, for some reason, been targeted by Coles for one of its supermarkets. As we are a reasonable, decent group of residents, we politely told Coles we didn't want or need it here.

Unfortunately, Coles doesn't seem to care about what our little community wants or needs. Or thinks it knows better.

Any ideas how we can deal with a greedy, insensitive multinational company which is determined to trample over the little people in order to continue its quest to destroy all local small businesses?

M. Sheehan and C. Swift Oatley
Letter to Editor, SMH.

Avoid everyday

M. Sheehan and C. Swift in Oatley (SMH Letters, July 29), my suggestion would be, once Coles moves in, never shop there. There is a superette in the area, as well as grocery stores near Oatley station and at Mortdale. Hit Coles in a way it will understand - its profits. If no one shops at Coles, it cannot remain open for long.

Kym Coleman, Randwick

Tuesday, July 26, 2005  

Artistic Licence

Leader 26 July 2006

Sunday, July 24, 2005  

Why Oatley neither needs or wants another super-market

Sent: Sunday, 24 July 2005 11:12 PM
To: John Fletcher
Cc: Gerry Masters
Subject: No supermarket for Oatley West.

Dear Mr Fletcher and Mr Masters,

You may be aware that Coles is considering a tenancy for a super-market in a development by "Renaldo plus 3" in Oatley West in Sydney.

I am a resident of Oatley West and must register my total opposition to this proposal.

To put this simply and clearly, Oatley neither needs or wants another super-market of any brand.

Oatley is a wonderful close knit community.I love living here.This is quite remarkable in any city these days and makes Oatley a special place.It's worth fighting for.
  • The area in question is quiet and surrounded by residential properties on all sides.
  • It has very poor access for shoppers and delivery vehicles entering or exiting the property.At certain times of the day the Sun makes the access road quite dangerous.One end of the access road is narrow and becomes a one lane rail underpass for anything a bit bigger than a family wagon.
  • All trucks and cars entering / exiting will cross a footpath crossed daily by many hundreds of commuters and school kids heading for the station and the local schools.
  • All streets that will carry your trucks are residential streets.Some only see trucks when the garbage is collected once a week.This a fact.
  • The excavation of thousands of tonnes of rock and ensuing construction for nearly 12 months will be a massive inconvenience and disturbance to our community
  • It is going to make a lot of residents very, very angry.

One of the prime reasons I paid the high price of purchasing here is because it is a quiet and safe area on a peninsula with no through traffic.It is however still very close and convenient to larger shopping precincts at Hurstville, Roselands and Riverwood.These are minutes away and all have a Coles super-market.

Because Oatley is on a peninsula the vast majority of potential customers will be Oatley residents most of whom do not want this to go ahead.I cannot see people outside of Oatley coming to shop here.It is out of the way to do so.

Why make enemies of your potential or current customers ?

I can see where you may wish to gain entry into an IGA suburb but I daresay many of us here are already Coles shoppers at one of the above sites.My family is to a very large degree.

I will assure you that my family will happily re-direct our not inconsiderable shopping dollars away from all Coles Myer stores if you go ahead with a tenancy in this appalling development.

In Coles super-markets alone we spend in excess of $10,000 per year let alone Target , K-Mart, Myer et al.
We have 2 young kids and our spending will only increase over the next 15 years.
We are only one family but multiply that by hundreds of families and it is a considerable loss of revenue.

Not only will a store in Oatley possibly cannibalise sales in the abovementioned locations it will more likely cost overall sales by inviting a public relations backlash and a general boycott of Coles Myer brands by a community that is overwhelmingly against a development of this kind and size in our suburb.

The proposal was voted down unanimously by council with over 450 locals in attendance.Hundreds turned up at the on-site hearing of the Land and Environment Court.

Our fight has the full and on going support of our Mayor, the councillors, our State and Federal Members and their Opposition.

Please take a locals advice, it is a poorly positioned and ill advised development that will cost Coles considerable custom and ask you and Mr Masters reconsider and walk away from this.In fact it would be a considerable PR coup with people in this area to do so.

In closing, it is interesting and perhaps revealing to note that your potential developer invokes the name of a major competitor to try and sell this disaster to the community.

I quote. "This is a boutique supermarket that will have the ambience of a David Jones Food Hall".

I don't care if he plans a replica of the Sydney Opera House.Its still a super-market in the wrong place.

I thank you for your time.

Yours Faithfully,
(name withheld)

Monday, July 18, 2005  

Oatley Residents Association letters

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005  

Leader Articles

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