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McDonald's battle on Facebook

NINE-YEAR-OLD Allie Menzies is just as determined to stop McDonald’s coming to Yamba as the 1849 fans that have joined an anti-McDonald’s Facebook group.

The savvy Yamba Public School student collected more than 200 signatures by herself over the weekend for a petition to keep the mega franchise out of her playing area.

“It will be right near our house and very busy and unsafe,” she said.

“Yamba has really nice beaches and if they put a drive through in they will just go through that to get their food and drive out of Yamba without even looking at all the good things we have.”

More than 1800 people have joined the No to McDonalds in Yamba Facebook site since news broke last week a development application had been lodged for a franchise to be built in Treelands Drive. The Yes to McDonald’s in Yamba Facebook group has attracted 233 fans. About 62 per cent of respondents to The Daily Examiner’s exclusive online poll do not want a McDonald’s in Yamba, 35 per cent are in favour and about three per cent are undecided.

Meanwhile, good news for those opposing the development came yesterday when council announced it would extend the deadline for community consultation from April 9 until Friday, April 23. Council deputy general manager Des Schroder said the extension was made due to the high level of community concern and the cut-off for submissions coinciding with Easter.

The anti-McDonald’s campaigners have planned a public meeting to be held at Yamba’s YHA today from 5.30pm to discuss the development application in detail.

“Only a month ago we were petitioning to try and get 24-hour policing and now we are trying to stop a 24-hour McDonald’s, it doesn’t make sense,” Yamba YHA part-owner Kellie Henwood said. “We might not be able to stop it, but we may be able to make some changes.”

Mrs Henwood said at the very least she would like to see the size of the development reduced, the drive through taken out or the franchise being built within the shopping complex.

Facebook comments

For:

 “I don’t even like McDonalds but how funny is it how selectively ‘locals only’ Yamba is. We want our own independent cafes and we want our local business to be left alone but yes to subway, yes to eagle boys...that’s totally different.”

- Elizabeth Johnson

 “Just think jobs, cheap food, and convenience not to mention McDonalds also supports many sports including Football (soccer) Little athletics Australia.”

-Amy Morgan

Against:

  “Yamba has enough problems with young people hanging around the shops as it is. We don’t need to create another place for them to cause trouble. Yamba has had enough bad press of late. I don’t won’t a Maccas anywhere close to Yamba. But the highway seems to be a better place if a compromise had to be made.”

-Kim Mcgowan

  “Put it out on the highway, somewhere near the service station north of the Harwood bridge. That way McDonalds would get more passing traffic, also residents of Iluka, Woombah, Ashby, Maclean, etc would have easier access to it. Then we wouldn’t have to have it right in our beautiful town.”

-Denise Rogers

Only a month ago we were petitioning to try and get 24-hour policing and now we are trying to stop a 24-hour McDonald’s, it doesn’t make sense

-Kellie Henwood



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