Mundaring residents lovin’ it? Shire seeking input on proposal for McDonald’s in town

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RESIDENTS are encouraged to have their say on a proposal for a 24-hour McDonald’s in Mundaring on Great Eastern Highway.

The fast food outlet and drive-in would open seven days and provide work for 10 to 15 staff, at any one time.

Several fast food chains already operate in the small outer suburb.

Mundaring Shire told the Hills Gazette the council has no policy on the limit of fast food outlets per sq m, “nor is it appropriate for a Local Government to intervene in the market in such a manner”.

A proposal to open another fast food outlet – with no confirmed tenant – and service station in Sawyers Valley is also before council.

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The Mundaring outlet is the first formal proposal from McDonald’s to open in the town and the fast food giant has opted for the outcome to be decided by a Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP).

Public submissions sent to the Shire will be included in its recommendation to the JDAP and ‘submitters’ will receive an invitation to future meetings.

A decision on the application is required by late May to early June.

The proposal involves demolishing existing buildings and developing a single storey building facing Mann Street – with no direct access from the highway – and erecting a 9m high pylon sign next to the highway.

Large trucks would make deliveries to a service area at the rear of the building and the outlet would be near a heritage-listed Church of Epiphany in the same street.

A report to council said the contemporary design of the outlet would have traditional features sympathetic to other developments in the town.

There would be 29 parking spaces with a single disabled parking bay, racks for 16 bicycles and ‘car stacking’ capacity for 13 in the drive-in area.

A transport assessment concluded the outlet would have minimal impact.

To find out more about the proposal or make a submission by April 7, visit the Shire of Mundaring website.

What people are saying about the proposal on Facebook:

No words … whilst McDonald’s are closing stores in places across the world one of the nicest little towns in WA is opening theirs … why on earth do we need another giant fast food chain. – Anna Thompson

It’s called Progress, it had to happen to our little town of Mundaring sooner or later. If you don’t like it use your feet, don’t go there. Personally, I think it’s great for the local employment for the young ones. Great training for later in life as I understand they run a tight ship. – Sandra Hoare Logan

We live in the hills to live a healthy lifestyle. I don’t want a Macca’s. We have enough food stores. 3 bottle shops has overdone it as well. Healthy shops employ people too you know. – Peter Talbot

The problem is Mundaring is no longer a little quiet town. It’s a major stop for a lot of country people. It was just a matter of time. You will see in a few years time there will be a massive shopping centre where the three stores are now. – Maz Calic