Lo­cals op­pose Mac­cas next to church

Hills Gazette - - NEWS -

PLANS to ap­prove a 24-hour McDonald’s next to a her­itage church will come be­fore de­ci­sion-mak­ers on Tues­day at a pub­lic meet­ing in Mun­dar­ing.

Of the 260 sub­mis­sions re­ceived by Mun­dar­ing Shire, 231 ob­jected to the pro­posal on the grounds of road safety, too many fast food out­lets in the area and the im­pact on health.

“While McDonald’s is clos­ing stores in places across the world, one of the nicest lit­tle towns in WA is open­ing theirs. Why on earth do we need another fast food chain?” one ob­jec­tor said.

The Metro East De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel (DAP) will con­sider the ap­pli­ca­tion along with a brief his­tory of the church, which was started by a fundrais­ing group in 1912.

DAP of­fi­cers have rec­om­mended ap­proval with con­di­tions re­lat­ing mainly to sig­nage on the Great East­ern High­way. They said “the pro­posal mod­estly con­trib­utes to the streetscape and com­ple­ments the con­text of the church in Mann Street”. Mun­dar­ing Shire has rec­om­mended the Church of Epiphany for en­try on the State Her­itage Reg­is­ter.

Ex­ist­ing build­ings at the pro­posed site would be de­mol­ished to make way for a sin­gle-storey build­ing and ser­vice area.

There would be 29 park­ing spa­ces with a sin­gle dis­abled park­ing bay and racks for 16 bi­cy­cles.

Mun­dar­ing Shire coun­cil­lors Stephen Fox and Tony Cuc­caro are on a panel of five who will con­sider the plans.

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