Williamstown supermarket development is still on the table

Williamstown residents and business owners who welcomed the news of a supermarket development in town last year.
Williamstown residents and business owners who welcomed the news of a supermarket development in town last year.

Work to establish a supermarket to meet the needs of people living in Barossa’s south has been touted as “progressing”.

The latest call comes after a developer lodged an application with The Barossa Council in August last year to develop a Foodland supermarket in Queen Street, Williamstown.

The original investor later withdrew his application.

Williamstown Action Group member and long-time resident Lyn Venning, who supports a supermarket in the town, is among those hopeful the development is back on track.

“It’s (the supermarket) progressing, albeit slowly, and we look forward to exciting news in about three months,” she told Barossa Herald on Wednesday. 

The original application related to three adjoining properties on Queen Street – numbers 17, 19 and 21-23, all currently under contract – and included the old fish and chip shop.

The proposal had met with strong support from Williamstown residents and business owners, including Southern Barossa Alliance chair Simon Taylor and Barossa councillor Marg Harris.

While Mrs Venning could not confirm the identity of the new developer, she explained how plans continue to focus on either an IGA or Foodland operated business.

Meanwhile, her attention also turns to other positive outcomes for the town such as the opening of the Warren Reservoir for recreational use in January.

The Barossa Council has also installed air conditioning in the Williamstown Institute which will make the building more accessible to groups and for hire during summer and winter.

Mrs Venning highlighted further upgrades, including the new playground and a dirt pump track, plus the town being part of the council’s Big Project, a community infrastructure road map.

“All these things make it a tourist paradise,” Mrs Venning added.

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