The location of a proposed new drive-through bottle shop has been labelled ‘‘stupid’’ and a huge traffic concern.
Local residents met with State Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy on Friday to discuss their thoughts and concerns and seek advice from him about their future options.
The proposal, for a BWS drive-through liquor store, is planned for a parcel of land on the corner of Queen and High streets, which is zoned as a commercial 1 area by council.
The proposal is before the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation and a group of concerned citizens have submitted an objection.
It is waiting for further communication from the commission.
Nearby resident Judi Burke said people had a number of concerns, including the fact that the shop was planned for a busy intersection.
‘‘Another concern is that it’s directly opposite the kiddies playground and Maccas,’’ she said.
‘‘Our end of High St is quite congested because of the roundabout further up.
‘‘Everyone’s got something to say about it.
‘‘It’s all to do with safety — for the High St residents, for everyone who objected to it.’’
A petition of more than 700 signatures has been collected, and was presented to Moira Shire Council last year and Mr McCurdy last week.
Ms Burke said people weren’t opposed to the bottle shop itself, but the location.
She said people thought there were better spaces around town which wouldn’t be such a safety concern.
‘‘It’s the main entrance to the CBD,’’ she said.
‘‘We had a petition of 700 signatures, all local people, and all of them agreed it was a stupid location.
‘‘I don’t see why it can’t go at the old Cellarbrations site — it’s near the highway, a motel and a servo. It’s an ideal location.
‘‘We know BWS are directly after all the traffic that goes through the Maccas drive-through.’’
Residents also have concerns about people taking alcohol into the park across the road, a dry zone, and whether it will lead to increased negative behaviour, especially from younger people.
Fellow nearby resident Frank Galati said he was very angry that after a petition of 700 signatures was presented, council did not consider the concerns of the residents.
Ms Burke said the development would also increase the number of driveways from seven to nine on a very short stretch of road.
She said they had considered taking an appeal to VCAT after Moira Shire Council’s decision in September to approve it.
‘‘It was so disappointing because it was just passed straight through council, there was no discussion,’’ she said.
‘‘(VCAT) was going to be very expensive. We were going to have to sell a lot of spaghetti.’’
Mr McCurdy said he would make some inquiries on behalf of the group of concerned residents into the status of the appeal.