Janet Purcell, of Valley Watch, along with Yamba Chamber of Commerce vice-president Tania Williams, lead the discussion at the meeting called to discuss the McDonald’s development application at Yamba.
Janet Purcell, of Valley Watch, along with Yamba Chamber of Commerce vice-president Tania Williams, lead the discussion at the meeting called to discuss the McDonald’s development application at Yamba.

Chamber opposes McDonald's plan

MORE than 200 concerned residents of all ages filled Yamba’s YHA yesterday afternoon, spilling onto the footpath outside, as pressure mounted on McDonald’s intention to open a restaurant in Yamba.

The meeting was organised by Yamba Chamber of Commerce vice-president Tania Williams.

Mrs Williams said the chamber did not support the development application made by McDonald’s to Clarence Valley Council.

The purpose of yesterday’s meeting was to gauge community opinion and give people the opportunity to voice their views.

“This is not signed, sealed and delivered,” she said of the controversial development application.

“The chamber’s position is that this development is not within the public interest.

“It will cause economic destruction to the local community, a loss of identity and aesthetic value to Yamba.

“McDonald’s is the line in the sand.”

Valley Councillor Sue Hughes also spoke to the large and passionate crowd.

“As a former president (of the Yamba Chamber of Commerce) and a resident of Yamba, I am against it,” Cr Hughes said.

“But as a councillor I have to be independent.”

Cr Karen Toms also indicated that she was against the application, but as a business owner, will not be able to vote when council meets to decide the fate of the development application.

Deputy Mayor Jim Simmons addressed the group, saying councillors had received plenty of emails opposing the 24-hour fast food outlet.

“I guess McDonald’s would by now be well aware of the opposition in the community,” Cr Simmons said.

The Yamba Chamber of Commerce provided step by step instructions for objecting to the McDonald’s application, which included writing a submission to Clarence Valley Council by April 23 (extended from April 9); attend the council planning and environment committee meeting, and; send emails, phone or write to your councillors before the committee and council meetings.

“Good arguments are needed – focus on the social, economic and environmental impact,” Tania Williams said.

“This is not in the public interest.”

No-one in attendance spoke in favour of the McDonald’s proposal.

As of last night, the No to McDonald’s in Yamba Facebook group had 2254 members. The Yes group had 378 fans.

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