First round fired in fast-food fight

A CAMPAIGN has been launched against the proposed McDonald's Restaurant planned along with a new IGA Supermarket on the site of the demolished Norco factory at South Murwillumbah.

Opponents of the project say the "gold arches" of McDonald's will "mask our beautiful Wolllumbin Mountain" (Mt Warning).

They also claim McDonald's supports cruelty to chickens and the destruction of rainforest.

They have voiced those views in letters to Tweed Shire Council and a petition.

McDonald's has not responded to a request for comment.

A petition being organised by one of the objectors says "our local businesses do not need to compete with a multinational food industry".

"McDonald's restaurants support animal cruelty, particularly chickens, destruction of rainforest for farming land, supports over production of farms animals for beef."

The petition also claims the car park and a 24 hour drive-through would encourage delinquent behaviour.

A council spokeswoman said the proposed McDonald's restaurant fell within the definition of a "refreshment room".

She added it was permitted under the site's commerce and trade zoning.

She also pointed out Federal legislation restricted councils from decision making "which could be viewed as being anti-competitive".

"Therefore council cannot base any decision making on DAs for commercial and retail developments which could be seen as unfairly restricting the trade of a proposed use based on the nature and function of its business activity," she added.

According to town planning consultants the $3 million complex would create 140 new jobs for shift workers, with 80 in McDonald's and 60 in the IGA.

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