A victory for Moonee locals after the Coffs Harbour City Council decided against Council staff recommendations for the construction of a petrol station at Moonee Beach.
Locals spoke of their concerns with the Gowings development due to be located next to a childcare centre off the Pacific Highway.
Speaking at the meeting, Tim Chapman from the Moonee Beach Action Group, raised concerns about pollution, safety, junk food and the lack of local jobs the centre would create. He said that there is no need for another service station with around 12 service station through Coffs Harbour.
At the Council meeting on Thursday afternoon, Councillors voted unanimously to refuse the construction of the petrol station with General Manager Steve McGrath saying the decision was made on the grounds of issues with non residential traffic, along with safety and the operating hours.
Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight said that while Coffs Harbour is 'opened for business', it is important to speak up if something doesn't 'feel right in your heart'.
The outcome was greeted by loud applause in the gallery from onlookers wearing red to show that they are 'seeing red'.
Tim Chapman spoke with Moffee on Triple M: