protecting the gateway to morington
The Victorian Government is listening to local communities while delivering stronger supermarket competition as one of the world’s largest retailers enters into the Victorian market.
The Minister for Planning Richard Wynne today rejected plans to develop a Kaufland store in Mornington after community consultation raised concerns about the nature of the development and the site’s proximity to one of Melbourne iconic green wedges.
Earlier this year Kaufland broke ground on a massive new distribution centre in Mickleham and is now looking to establish its Australian headquarters in Oakleigh South. It is also looking to open stores across Australia over the coming years, including additional stores in Victoria, creating even more local jobs.
The German-based grocery is already engaging with Victorian suppliers, so it can source products locally where possible and will provide opportunities for complementary independent retailers such as cafes within the specialty tenant spaces in stores.
This investment will also benefit the construction industry, with the boom from building the distribution centre and stores set to create hundreds of opportunities for local construction businesses, workers and apprentices.
The Victorian Government has set up an independent Advisory Committee to review Kaufland’s applications to set up their supermarkets.
The Minister has approved five other Kaufland stores as part of the first two tranches of reviews.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne
“We’ve listened to the community and ensured the gateway to Mornington is properly planned.”
“We’re taking action to ensure Victoria remains a great place to live, work and do business.”