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Council turns down Maccas after Raceview protest

REWARD FOR EFFORT: Raceview residents led by Jessica McLean (left) protest the McDonald’s proposal in May this year.
REWARD FOR EFFORT: Raceview residents led by Jessica McLean (left) protest the McDonald’s proposal in May this year. David Nielsen

RACEVIEW residents were happy but cautious after receiving word that Ipswich City Council had turned down a development application for a McDonald's restaurant in their neighbourhood.

A protest group, primarily made up of residents, but also including those from other Australian towns that had been fighting similar developments, reached 400 people after the plans for the restaurant were revealed early this year.

Mother-of-two Jessica McLean was one of the driving forces behind the protests, which centred on that area of Raceview being zoned for residential use.

Her concerns were shared by dozens of others, with council receiving 69 submissions against the proposed 410 sq m restaurant at the corner of Raceview and Cascade streets.

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"There are five daycare centres and two primary schools in this area," Ms McLean said.

"It also would have created a dangerous situation on Cascade St, where they wanted to have trucks entering near the traffic lights."

The drive-through for the restaurant would have run right up alongside Ms McLean's yard.

City planning spokesman Paul Tully said council looked at a number of factors in turning down the proposal, but said it came down to community concerns and the fact that it did not match the zoning for the area.

"We're happy to work with McDonald's to identify a more suitable, appropriately zoned site for such use," Cr Tully said.

McDonald's hasn't ruled out an appeal, but a spokesman yesterday said the fast food giant was yet to decide its next step.

Division 7 councillor Andrew Antoniolli said the result showed that council took the community's concerns seriously.

Topics:  development applications, mcdonald's, raceview



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