Panel approves McDonald’s

The five-person North-West Metropolitan DAP met on August 19 to consider McDonald’s application for a $3.15 million restaurant on the corner of Marmion Avenue and Peony Boulevard.

Yanchep resident Jayne Senior gave a deputation at the start of the meeting, highlighting her concerns about safety at the intersection and for pedestrians, as well as litter, the 24-hour operating schedule and the lack of footpaths on Marmion Avenue.

‘It has already proven dangerous,’ she said, after telling the panel she knew of at least three crashes that required police, ambulance ” at one ” and fire services to attend.

‘Lots of children run across the road from Lagoon Drive ” there is no crosswalk for them.’

McDonald’s Australia development manager Nathan Mercer also gave a deputation, objecting to two of the conditions recommended by City of Wanneroo staff in the report prepared for the DAP.

Mr Mercer said they could not support the fourth condition, which required the applicant to provide a road safety audit and, if necessary, restrict access to left-in, left-out from Peony Boulevard, because it would prompt drivers to attempt U-turns on the road to gain access.

He said restricting access would create confusion and affect delivery trucks for the outlet.

When the panel later considered the application, they amended that condition by removing the left-in, left-out condition and instead requiring any works found necessary in the audit to be done at the proponent’s expense.

Mr Mercer said McDonald’s also did not support the recommendation that its pylon sign be restricted to 6m high and 2.5m wide, as the design was for an 8.5m by 4.5m sign.

He said a larger sign was necessary to give drivers on Marmion Avenue enough time to see the outlet and avoid erratic driving movements because the landscape was ‘undulating in |nature’.

But Wanneroo Acting Mayor Laura Gray later said vehicles came over a crest into Yanchep on Marmion Avenue and from there it was a downhill drive.

‘It is actually going to be the entry statement coming into Yanchep,’ Cr Gray said.

‘It is a very disappointing entry statement.

‘This will be the first thing that you see when you drive into Yanchep.’

Councillor Frank Cvitan said traffic management was the key issue, and he wanted to see traffic lights at the intersection connecting Peony Boulevard and Lagoon Drive to Marmion Avenue.

‘Movement of people around this intersection is very important,’ Cr Cvitan said.