Protesters prepare for Eastside Village rally

Kate Powell speaks at a public meeting of residents opposed to the construction of Eastside Village on January 11.
Kate Powell speaks at a public meeting of residents opposed to the construction of Eastside Village on January 11. Kevin Farmer

PROTESTERS will wave homemade placards at a rally opposing the development of a fast-food precinct in East Toowoomba next Saturday.

Friends of the Toowoomba Range spokeswoman Kate Powell expects hundreds of concerned residents to make their resistance to the construction of Eastside Village heard.

Plans to install traffic lights at the busy Herries-Cohoe Sts intersection lie at the centre of the dispute.

Residents have also opposed the plan to build a 24-hour McDonald's restaurant, KFC and take-away arcade in the area.

"We believe it is an inappropriate place for that scale of development," Ms Powell said.

"The peaceful protest is aimed at simply keeping attention drawn to the fact that thousands of people are against this.

"We are asking everyone to wear blue clothing to emphasise a sense of solidarity and to bring placards or banners expressing their anger with (council) and about the development itself."

Ms Powell's group will lodge a notice of appeal to the Planning and Environment Court on Wednesday.

Council and the developer will then have 10 business days to respond.

"I've had calls nearly every day from complete strangers expressing their support for the campaign and anger that this decision could ever have been passed," Ms Powell said.

The protest will run from 9-10am on Saturday, February 9 at the Herries St nature strip adjacent to the proposed development site.

Police have asked that no protesters park cars in Herries St between Curzon and Cohoe Sts.

Topics:  council, fast food, rally, toowoomba



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