Facing resistance

June 27, 2017

Businessmen Chris Barzen (pictured) and Michael Wood believe their proposed retail food outlet, car wash and storage facility will benefit Tatura but council has received a petition opposing the project.

Two local businessmen hope to build a retail food outlet, car wash and a storage facility at 104 Hogan St, Tatura this year, but Greater Shepparton City Council has received a petition to block the plans.

Chris Brazen and Michael Wood, both from Kialla, hope to get building in the next ‘‘two to three months’’ and said the project would be ‘‘exciting’’ for the town.

‘‘We think there’s room to add something else to Tatura,’’ Mr Brazen said.

‘‘We want to grow the town and think it’s an exciting project. It’ll provide something new and exciting because the block of land is a bit of an eyesore at the moment.’’

Mr Brazen said he and his partner were planning a retail food outlet at the front of the block with a modern car wash — with automatic and manual bays — at the rear.

‘‘We’ve been to the council, gone through the planning, have been working with plan towners and now we are at the permit stage,’’ Mr Brazen said.

‘‘We received a few objections, people are a bit funny, some don’t like change, they wrote to say that Tatura has enough shops.

‘‘But we want to see the town progress.’’

Objector Joe Serra circulated a petition against the site, which has received 25 signatures to date and has been told by council he can collect signatures for another week.

The main concerns the petition spells out are that the development is in an area of heavy pedestrian traffic and that car wash traffic going in and out could be dangerous.

‘‘We believe it will be hazardous to pedestrian and vehicle traffic,’’ Mr Serra said.

‘‘To me it seems dangerous, that’s my main concern... we’ve (also) already got those facilities in Tatura.

‘‘We love seeing investment in Tatura, but it’s not a facility we believe we need.’’

Mr Brazen said his business partner Mr Wood had experience with car wash businesses and said they planned to ‘‘hide the wash’’ from the main street.

‘‘I hope all residents get on board and support it,’’ he said.

‘‘It will create more employment and a number of business owners have already commented that they’re really keen on it.’’

Greater Shepparton City Council’s building and planning manager Colin Kalms said he had received the petition and another five objections to the project.

He said there was a heritage overlay on the block, which would have to be deliberated by the planning committee, which would decide on the outcome.

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