Locals oppose Maccas next to church
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.