Tecoma is a small town in the Dandenong Ranges, the hills on the edge of Melbourne. It has a population of only 2085.
In 2011, McDonald’s lodged a planning application with the local Council for a 24 hour outlet with drive through in Tecoma. This application was met with a record number of 1,170 written objections from residents, raising concerns relating to traffic, litter, noise, crime, impact on existing local businesses, its position opposite a primary school and kindergarten, the development not befitting the character of the Hills, the demolition of the historic Hazel Vale Dairy building which currently resides at the proposed site, and so on.
On October 11th 2011, local Councillors met and voted on the proposed development. 650 local residents attended to hear the decision and once again voice their objections. The Shire of Yarra Ranges Council UNANIMOUSLY rejected the proposal. The McDonald’s Corporation then took their application to VCAT (Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal) for review. On October 10th 2012, VCAT overruled Yarra Ranges Council’s decision, deeming the overwhelming objections of the local community as “irrelevant“, and granted McDonald’s planning permission for this highly inappropriate and unwelcome development.
Do we need another McDonalds?
There has been a fantastic protest against the development. And I really hope they are successful.
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