An artist’s impression of the new McDonald’s from www.artsolutions.com.au provided in the development application to the council.
An artist’s impression of the new McDonald’s from www.artsolutions.com.au provided in the development application to the council.

Maccas for Murwillumbah

MURWILLUMBAH could soon have its own McDonald's restaurant, with another supermarket as part of the deal.

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

McDonald's Australia Limited, through consultants Urbis Pty Ltd, has lodged a development application for the $3 million complex with Tweed Shire Council.

It would be built on the long-vacant site of the former Norco milk factory on the Tweed Valley Way at South Murwillumbah, where the council previously rejected plans for a larger supermarket.

The consultants say the latest plans include the McDonald's restaurant with a McCafe, children's playland, a party room, seating for 88 and 32 car parking spaces.

A drive-through would include a 16-car queuing area and a one-car waiting bay.

The consultants have told the council the supermarket would have a retail space of 726.5 square metres and sit next to two small speciality stores.

The shops complex would have another 50 car parking spaces and bike rack for 13 bicycles.

McDonald's would operate 24 hours, seven days a week, while the IGA supermarket would open from 6am-7pm, daily.

"It is anticipated that the McDonald's operation will require 10 employees on any one shift and will employ a total of 80 staff," the application reads.

"The operation of the IGA Supermarket will require approximately 60 staff, with up to 15 employees on any one shift.

"The proposed McDonald's operation and IGA Supermarket will result in a number of benefits to the wider Murwillumbah area, such as job creation." The application claims the development was in response to market demand and would have a positive economic impact and contribute to consumer convenience in the area.

It further claims the project would "have no adverse impacts on the surrounding area in terms of noise, traffic, lighting, litter, safety and security".

"The proposal will strengthen Murwillumbah as a retail destination," it reads.

"The proposed development will not impact on the role served by the Murwillumbah Town Centre, or surrounding retail facilities within the broader region."



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