HOW CAN I HELP STOP ALDI COMING TO BLACKWOOD?
RESPOND TO THE PLANNING PROPOSAL BY MONDAY 9 OCTOBER (THAT'S VERY SOON!!!)
1. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FORM
2. CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS TO FILL OUT THE FORM
3. DROP YOUR FORM AT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING LOCAL, INDEPENDENT SHOPS
Blackwood Country Meats, French Wish, Habitat, Shakespeare's Bookshop, The Artisan Cafe
WHAT IS ALDI PROPOSING?
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ALDI PROPOSAL
Why are the local, independent traders opposed to Aldi?
THE ALDI PROPOSAL DOESN'T HAVe ENOUGH PARKING
Possibly the number one concern in the Blackwood shopping precinct is the scarcity of car parks. The development criteria require the new Aldi shop provide 162 car parks. They are providing 89. Other business proposals in the area have been refused because of inadequate parking. Why shouldn't Aldi have to comply?
The proposed Aldi doesn't comply with zoning criteria
The area that Aldi wants to build in is zoned for low scale, will low traffic volume businesses of up to 250 metres square in size. Aldi is clearly not low scale, will produce significant Traffic volumes and is almost 5 times the maximum leasable floor area, so is not consistent with the zone requirements.
Aldi means less jobs
The Aldi model is based on employing less people than other supermarkets. That means less people have work, so more people claim unemployment benefits, which are paid from our taxes. The Blackwood Aldi shop will employ around 20 people. The shops it is replacing employed 22-30 people.
ALDI means BUSINESSES WILL CLOSE
Local, independent businesses like butchers, bakers, green grocers can't compete with the huge buying power of supermarkets in general. A fourth supermarket in the area will make it even harder for local businesses to survive. Local businesses support their community by being involved and giving sponsorship and donations. They support schools, sports clubs and community groups. They provide employment, work experience, and personal service. You mightn't use this service all the time but when you want something special (like a spit roast, or a special birthday cake) it would be a pity if that business had closed.
MONEY SPENT AT ALDI LEAVES AUSTRALIA
When you spend in a local business, the money you spend is generally spent in other local business so everyone benefits. Aldi is foreign owned so the profits go overseas. This means the money ends up in Germany rather than Australia.