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McDonald's application given nod

McDonald's restaurant is coming to Murwillumbah.
McDonald's restaurant is coming to Murwillumbah. John Gass

OPPONENTS of a McDonald's Restaurant in Murwillumbah have admitted defeat in their battle to stop the fast-food chain from opening in town.

Sam Dawson, secretary of Caldera Environment Centre which opposed the proposal, said there was nothing they could do.

"There is no legal ground anyway; it is a planning decision," Mr Dawson said.

"Our hope was that council would reject the development application."

The development application was approved at the Tweed Shire Council meting on Tuesday.

Most councillors voted in favour of the fast-food chain's development application, with councillors Katie Milne and Joan van Lieshout the only to vote against.

"I don't agree with McDonald's; it had nothing to do with our image," Cr van Lieshout said.

"Even if we had a green 'M' it's not what we want to portray."

Cr Phil Youngblutt said the development would breathe new life into South Murwillumbah.

"This has been a long time coming for South Murwillumbah," Cr Youngblutt said.

The $3 million development application includes an IGA supermarket and two other specialty retailers.

Cr Kevin Skinner was absent from the meeting.

Cr Milne attempted to limit the hours of operation of the McDonald's to 6am to 10pm but failed to get support from other councillors.

The restaurant will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Despite the last minute condition failing, the development still had 124 conditions to abide by, including the installation of dimmer switches on neon lights.

The restaurant will be built on the former Norco milk factory site on Tweed Valley Way.

"Our hope was that council would reject the development application."

Topics:  approval, caldera, mcdonald's


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