AN anti-Wuai trade centre group has plastered the offices of Michael McCormack and Daryl Maguire with signs reducing the proposed $400 million mega-centre to simply a ‘Chinese communist state owned’ project.
The signs were postered on the entrance to their offices and at the trade centre’s proposed Copland Street site at the weekend.
Mr Maguire, member for Wagga, has been spearheading the push for the proposed 200,000 square-metre trade centre and said he believed it was only a small fringe of people that didn’t support the project.
“These aren’t widespread concerns,” Mr Maguire said, saying the activists were welcome to express their grievances in person to him.
“Whenever a new project of this scale is being delivered to a city it causes questions to be asked, and we are more than happy to field these questions.”
The proposed trade centre will be a hub for international business and is expected to employ about 2500 people.
This isn’t the first time the project has come under fire with the controversial Australia First Party labelling it an ‘unarmed invasion’ in a seven-page document delivered to the Advertiser and business owners in January.
The document said, “This is imperialism, pure and simple,” before calling Wagga mayor Rod Kendall a “traitor”.
Councillor Kendall – who only recently established a taskforce to support the development – said he believed any criticism was unwarranted until a development application (DA) was made.
“We need to see a DA,” Cr Kendall said.
“But I am concerned that some of these attacks might be racially-motivated and not legitimate complaints from the people of Wagga.”