Brunswick residents fought to stop a new Bunnings Warehouse from being built on Glenlyon Road, claiming it would be “unsafe” for cyclists and pedestrians.
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal agreed on Friday evening, ruling in their favour and throwing out Bunnings’ proposal for the site.
Locals had raised $40,000 to fight the hardware giant, with over 536 objections presented to the tribunal.
Andrea Bunting, who spearheaded the campaign, told the Herald Sun it was a reminder of what a united community can do.
“A strong, united community campaign can win against a corporate giant,” she said.
“No other Bunnings are located in a residential area.
“Too often authorities pay little attention to the concerns of residents, and assume and assume that they are objecting because they don’t like change.”
Speaking to the Herald Sun, director of property and store development at Bunnings, Andrew Marks, said Bunnings was “disappointed” with the outcome.
“We will now review our options with the developer of the site,” he said.
“We remain committed to providing local customers in Brunswick with a wider range of home and lifestyle options.”