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Sunshine Coast Regional Council can’t challenge legal appeal by McDonald’s Australia

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Sunshine Coast Regional Council has received legal advice that it could not challenge the appeals process of McDonald’s Australia. Council rejected development plans for a 24 hour store at Minyama in December.

“… council has received legal advice back that McDonalds will win because of planning laws allow code assessment – the ugly American McDonald will win and run roughshod over residents and Sunshine Coast Council,” said protest group spokesperson John Meyer-Gleaves.

Mr Meyer-Gleaves said the group, named Say No To McDonalds, has three priorities if the were forced to negotiate. The conditions being; that the alley between motel that currently on the site and the shop next door is closed off, that the store operates at 24 hours on weekends only and that a backfence or wall is built at a similar height to other premises fronting Nicklin Way. He claims McDonald’s had agrees to them.

“I’m pretty sure I’m the only councillor who already has a 24-hour McDonald’s in my division,” says Councillor Chris Thompson, who represents division four in the Sunshine Coast Council, “we have enough issues with that one, and this is overkill.”

… council has rceived legal advice back that McDonalds will win because of planning laws allow code assessment – the ugly American McDonald will win and run roughshod over residents and Sunshine Coast Council

—John Meyer-Gleaves, Say No To McDonald’s protest group spokesperson

The 24-hour McDonald’s in Councillor Thompson’s division, in Mooloolaba, is part of a larger complex and does not back onto residential premises.

“It is important that any new development, including fast food outlets, give serious and honest consideration to the various potential impacts of the project on the community. This is important as society strives to balance the need for development with the need to support the lifestyle choices and wishes of residents,” said local member of federal Peter Slipper in an e-mail to Wikinews.

“The situation highlights the need for leadership at a state level that is prepared with work with the Regional Councils to ensure laws and regulations are consistant within community standards. Labor and LNP have a long history of creating policy to please large business instead of looking at what best serves the community,” said Brenton Clutterbuck, Greens Candidate for the electorate of Maroochydore for the Queensland state election.


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  • March 9, 2009 “Setback in legal bid to halt Maccas”, Sunshine Coast Daily p7
  • Alan Lander “Maccas bid fails but fight not over”. Sunshine Coast Daily, December 5, 2008
  • This article contains original reporting by Wikinews user RockerballAustralia. The reporting took place primarily on March 9,2009 at Maroochydore. Further details can be found on this talk page. If the user is accredited, you can verify their credentials.
This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

Sunshine Coast Regional Council can’t challenge legal appeal by McDonald’s Australia

Monday, March 9, 2009

The 24 hour McDonalds at Mooloolaba

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Sunshine Coast Regional Council has received legal advice that it could not challenge the appeals process of McDonald’s Australia. Council rejected development plans for a 24 hour store at Minyama in December.

“… council has received legal advice back that McDonalds will win because of planning laws allow code assessment – the ugly American McDonald will win and run roughshod over residents and Sunshine Coast Council,” said protest group spokesperson John Meyer-Gleaves.

Mr Meyer-Gleaves said the group, named Say No To McDonalds, has three priorities if the were forced to negotiate. The conditions being; that the alley between motel that currently on the site and the shop next door is closed off, that the store operates at 24 hours on weekends only and that a backfence or wall is built at a similar height to other premises fronting Nicklin Way. He claims McDonald’s had agrees to them.

“I’m pretty sure I’m the only councillor who already has a 24-hour McDonald’s in my division,” says Councillor Chris Thompson, who represents division four in the Sunshine Coast Council, “we have enough issues with that one, and this is overkill.”

… council has rceived legal advice back that McDonalds will win because of planning laws allow code assessment – the ugly American McDonald will win and run roughshod over residents and Sunshine Coast Council

—John Meyer-Gleaves, Say No To McDonald’s protest group spokesperson

The 24-hour McDonald’s in Councillor Thompson’s division, in Mooloolaba, is part of a larger complex and does not back onto residential premises.

“It is important that any new development, including fast food outlets, give serious and honest consideration to the various potential impacts of the project on the community. This is important as society strives to balance the need for development with the need to support the lifestyle choices and wishes of residents,” said local member of federal Peter Slipper in an e-mail to Wikinews.

“The situation highlights the need for leadership at a state level that is prepared with work with the Regional Councils to ensure laws and regulations are consistant within community standards. Labor and LNP have a long history of creating policy to please large business instead of looking at what best serves the community,” said Brenton Clutterbuck, Greens Candidate for the electorate of Maroochydore for the Queensland state election.


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Wikinews
This article features first-hand journalism by Wikinews members. See the collaboration page for more details.
  • March 9, 2009 “Setback in legal bid to halt Maccas”, Sunshine Coast Daily p7
  • Alan Lander “Maccas bid fails but fight not over”. Sunshine Coast Daily, December 5, 2008
  • This article contains original reporting by Wikinews user RockerballAustralia. The reporting took place primarily on March 9,2009 at Maroochydore. Further details can be found on this talk page. If the user is accredited, you can verify their credentials.
This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

Sunshine Coast Regional Council can’t challenge legal appeal by McDonald’s Australia

Monday, March 9, 2009

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The 24 hour McDonald’s at Mooloolaba
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Sunshine Coast Regional Council has received legal advice that it will not be able to challenge a McDonald’s Australia appeals process. Council rejected development plans for a 24-hour store at Minyama in December, and the restaurant giant plans to appeal the decision.

“Council has received legal advice back that McDonald’s will win because of planning laws allow code assessment – the ugly American McDonald will win and run roughshod over residents and Sunshine Coast Council,” said protest group spokesperson John Meyer-Gleaves.

Meyer-Gleaves said the group, named Say No To McDonald’s, has three priorities if it is forced to negotiate: the alley between the motel currently on the site and the shop next door is to be closed off, the McDonald’s is to operate 24 hours per day on weekends only and a backfence or wall is to be built at a similar height to other premises fronting Nicklin Way. McDonald’s has agreed to these terms, according to Meyer-Gleaves.

“I’m pretty sure I’m the only councillor who already has a 24-hour McDonald’s in my division,” says Councillor Chris Thompson, who represents division four in the Sunshine Coast Council. “We have enough issues with that one, and this is overkill.”

Council has received legal advice back that McDonald’s will win because of planning laws allow code assessment – the ugly American McDonald will win and run roughshod over residents and Sunshine Coast Council

—John Meyer-Gleaves, Say No To McDonald’s protest group spokesperson

The 24-hour McDonald’s in Councillor Thompson’s division, Mooloolaba, is part of a larger complex and does not back onto residential premises.

“It is important that any new development, including fast food outlets, give serious and honest consideration to the various potential impacts of the project on the community. This is important as society strives to balance the need for development with the need to support the lifestyle choices and wishes of residents,” said Peter Slipper, a federal Member of Parliament in the area, in an e-mail to Wikinews.

“The situation highlights the need for leadership at a state level that is prepared with work with [sic] the Regional Councils to ensure laws and regulations are consistent within community standards. Labor and LNP have a long history of creating policy to please large business instead of looking at what best serves the community,” said Brenton Clutterbuck, Greens Candidate for the electorate of Maroochydore for the Queensland state election.


Related news

Sources

Wikinews
This article features first-hand journalism by Wikinews members. See the collaboration page for more details.
  • March 9, 2009 “Setback in legal bid to halt Maccas”, Sunshine Coast Daily p7
  • Alan Lander “Maccas bid fails but fight not over”. Sunshine Coast Daily, December 5, 2008
  • This article contains original reporting by Wikinews user RockerballAustralia. The reporting took place primarily on March 9,2009 at Maroochydore. Further details can be found on this talk page. If the user is accredited, you can verify their credentials.
This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

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